Fifty Shades of Grey movie: Most talked-about sex scene 'never discussed', says Sam Taylor-Johnson

The famous tampon incident will not feature in the film

Jess Denham
Wednesday 21 January 2015 12:16
Jamie Dornan as playboy billionaire Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan as playboy billionaire Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey

Those of you assuming that the Fifty Shades of Grey scene involving a tampon will feature in the movie, think again, for the raunchy book’s most-talked about moment has not made the cut.

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has revealed that including the “experience” involving playboy billionaire Christian Grey and infatuated student Anastasia Steele was “never even discussed”.

“The book needed to put you in Ana’s shoes to be successful,” producer Michael De Luca added during the Variety interview. “A lot of it was very literal. The movie didn’t need to do that. It’s a completely different medium.”

The first draft of Kelly Marcel’s script was reportedly toned down to secure the film an R rating, as opposed to the more restrictive NC-17 certificate. Sorry everyone, but this means that Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson’s movie sex might not be as graphic as you were hoping for.

“The sex scenes are integral to the story,” said Taylor Johnson. “They are not gratuitous. It tracks the story.”

For those not in the know about the notorious tampon incident, it essentially involves Christian wanting to have sex in the bathroom and Ana explaining that she cannot as she is on her period. While many men would run a mile, Mr Grey is undeterred and pulls her tampon out. It is not the most appealing moment in the book, unless you’re into that kind of thing.

One scene we can look forward to is the final encounter between Christian and Ana in the first of EL James’ bestselling novels – the one “where Ana asks him to do his worst to show her how bad it’s going to get”.

“Jamie’s performance in that scene is a miracle,” said De Luca. “He really gets carried away in the moment.”

Fifty Shades of Grey reaches UK cinemas on 13 February, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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