By A. Charlotte Rose
Some fans are thrilled to finally see Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Others are still concerned the actors do not fit their image of what these iconic characters should look like.
Entertainment Weekly featured the first official movie photos from Fifty Shades of Grey as well as a cover article and interviews with the actors who will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in a cover story titled: Fifty Shade of Grey: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson Get Ready to Tie One On, by Nicole Sperling.
On the Fifty Shades of Grey News fan page, and other fan pages on Facebook, fans comments have been coming in all morning.
Kim commented: “The movie is never as good as the book EVER…. so I’m not even getting my hopes up. With that being said I’m at least going to give these actors a chance and am excited about the movie and to see what they do with it. I’m sure that Jamie and Dakota will put there all into it and makes us fall in love with them on the screen!”
Allison said: “Maybe we will grow on him. When I saw Robert Pattinson as Edward I was upset but I ended up thinking he’s really handsome. Hopefully the same happens cuz he looks really blah to me.”
Ashleigh said: “I’m just not feeling it but am hopeful it all goes well.”
Charlene said: “He does nothing for me!!!”
Amanda: “Ever hear of those things called color contacts people… who cares if he has brown eyes right now. I can’t wait to see the movie!”
Christina: “She looks too old.”
Barbara: “Yes yes yes I like it very much !!!”
Ashley said: “Chemistry between them is what’s important.”
And so it goes.
All fans seem to have different ideas of who Christian and Ana should look like, so it is no surprised that these first photos are being greeted with mixed opinions.
A few weeks ago, I spoke to Barna William Donovan, PhD, chair of the Department of Communication at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J., and an expert on fan behavior, about why we get so involved with favorite fictional characters and how it can lead to strong public reactions to movie casting decision.
“When someone reads a book, they become the director of the movie version of the book playing out in their heads,” said Dr. Donovan. “They imagine who would be so perfectly cast as a character. But when the actual movie comes along, the real thing shatters the fantasy in the mind of the fan. This can be very frustrating if the actual cast is radically different from what the reader imagined in her mind for such a long time.