Monday, May 05, 2014

MALE ON MONDAY: 10 Shades of Jamie Dornan... AND Book Giveaway

Harlequin KISS/Mills and Boon Modern Tempted author Heidi Rice's Top Ten reasons why she can't wait to see the 50 Shades of Grey movie next February... [hint: they all begin with Jamie... and end with Dornan!]

Ok, so there are some people reading this blog that probably hated 50 Shades of Grey and couldn't give a toss about seeing the movie when it comes out. But I have to admit I gobbled up the books for one reason, I found the tortured, taciturn and extremely f****d up character of EL James' gazillionaire dom Christian Grey fascinating.

Now you're probably saying, enough with the 50 Shades plug, what about our Male on Monday fix?

Well, I've picked Mr Dornan for the simple reason I now can't wait to see him as Mr Grey. His casting came totally out of left field for me (I was firmly on Team Henry in the run up to the announcement). But I now think his casting is inspired - especially after we dodged a bullet with the almost casting of SOA star Charlie Hunnam (more on that later).

So here are my Top Ten reasons why...

1) He's a Blank (ish) Slate: Other than his tenure as a Calvin Klein underwear model and an arresting part as a serial killer in The Fall, Jamie Dornan doesn't bring a lot of baggage from other performances to this role. And that's good, because you don't want to be thinking of Bruce Wayne while you're watching Christian Grey (and no, they're not that similar, Batman geeks/Christian Bale fans).

2) He's Buff AND Beautiful: He's completely gorgeous... But not in a fake or overblown way. He doesn't even go to the gym apparently (actually I think we can all hate him a little for that).

3) He Will Suffer for His Art: Anyone else watch New Worlds? That extremely dodgy wig? Here he is suffering under the most unflattering piece of headwear known to actor for those that missed it!



4) He Can Act: Always useful when taking on a particularly challenging role. Just saying.

5) He's Not Charlie Hunnam: Thank goodness!! FYI I was enthralled by the first season of Sons of Anarchy. Season Two not so much. Season Three was risible. I gave up on it in Season Four when Jax Teller smashed a woman's face into a table and we were supposed to still be rooting for him (and CH was beginning to look like a one-trick pony)...

6) He's British: I just stuck that in there because I am...And because the Brits are taking over Hollywood (well, all except me that is).. Although actually he's from the North of Ireland, so he may be Irish... He's definitely European though. Close enough.

7) He's Not Afraid of the Dark: There may be 50 Shades of Christian Grey but most of them are virtually black... Thankfully Mr D can definitely do dark... For evidence see The Fall below - when he was so dark he wasn't even remotely fanciable despite point 2).



8) He's Got Enough Guts to Get His Kit Off: Call me cynical but I suspect a lot of A-List Actors were too scared to take this role because it involved full frontal nudity, not something actors are usually required to do in a mainstream movie (unlike actresses!!!). Go Jamie for being true to this role and being prepared to go the full monty for us ... We fully appreciate it (but strictly for reasons of gender equality in the movies, you understand!)

9) Let's Be Cool About the Sex (Baby!): When asked about the film's sex scenes by no doubt tittering journalists his reply was totally cool: “I’m not shocked by [the sex in the book]. It’s essential to tell the story. I can’t believe films that don’t invoke the sexual side. So it works for me.” Note to journalists: It wasn't the kinky sex that made this book a bestseller, just ask its readers (for a change).

10) He Can Take the Piss Out of Himself: Grey has a playful side (that has nothing to do with his playroom.. sheesh!) which Ana eventually uncovers through their text and email conversations (the best bit of the book IMHO). Ultimately it's that playful side, hidden under all the darkness in his character, that makes Ana and the reader fall in love with him despite his many, many, many flaws... Watch JD on the Graham Norton Show being ridiculously cute while taking the piss out of himself (and his funny walk)... And fall in love with his playful side too.



So there you have it. My Top Ten reasons why Jamie Dornan is going to be fabulous as Christian Grey.

Win a Copy of Beach Bar Baby

Do you have an opinion? Do you think Jamie will be good, great, pants? Was there someone else you wanted to play the role? Or maybe you really don't give a flying b**t plug? Let me know in the comments and one lucky commentator will get a copy of my new Harlequin KISS/Mills & Boon Modern Tempted book Beach Bar Baby. Out this month in UK, Ireland and North America. [Winners announced in the comments thread of this post on Wednesday 7th May]


Heidi is currently working hard on a super-sekrit project... (While not busy working hard doing blogs on Jamie Dornan). She loves for readers to contact her on FB, Twitter (@HeidiRomRice), her website or her blog. And she doesn't mind a bit if they want to buy her book too - and neither does her bank manager (he made me say that!!)...

15 comments:

  1. I honestly don't mind who plays the roles, I am more scared that the movie does not live up to the book. For me 99% of the time the books are always better than the movies!

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  2. I totally went against the opinion of all my writer friends in support of FSOG. I was able to look past all the nonsense that everyone else got hung up on and enjoyed the storyline for what it was. I'm looking forward to seeing Jamie in the role. He had me totally conflicted in The Fall because I still found myself rooting for him! The fact that we are both from Norn Iron has absolutely nothing to do with my cheerleading...

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  3. Yes, Desere, and always hard when so much of the book is internal thought.. But they've got a great script writer and script doctor... So I have faith! Can't wait.

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  4. Ah-ha Karin.... So you're from the North.. Nice one. I agree, so many people moaned about stupid things in the books. The story was so compelling I didn't care overmuch about the overuse of Holy Crap!

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  5. Hey - was it really necessary to disparage Charlie in order to pimp out Jamie? Just curious.

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  6. Fair point, anonymous, that's my personal opinion... I don't think he would have been as well cast as Mr Grey, after watching Four Seasons of SoA I think his performance is fairly one-note (that may be because the writing hasn't allowed him to change, though). I'm not an expert on him though as that's the only work of his I've seen.. Feel free to tell me why I'm wrong.

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    1. We all have a right to personal opinions however I always choose to keep things positive. Henry Cavill was my first choice for Christian Grey but when Charlie was cast, I was all in. I don't feel inclined to attempt to sway your opinion of Charlie. It just seems that 6 months after Charlie opted out, you would think an article could be written related to FSOG without bringing up his name. Sometimes I think that blogs and entertainment sites have figured out that mentioning Charlie in FSOG related articles seem to draw more hits.

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    2. Thanks for your comment. I see what you mean about being positive. And of course you're absolutely right about it being a cheap shot in some ways (I guess I was trying to be funny and it backfired a bit!)

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    3. Thanks for the follow up Heidi. It's ok to pick favourites. We all do it. I just prefer to do so without debasing another. Truce :)

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  7. I did not read 50 Shades (though I did follow a very inspired social media personalities reading 50 shades tweets), but all of the hoopla surrounding the casting killed any intrigue I had for the movie. I think there is such a thing as overexposure to the process of how all of these things we love get created. Even having limited contact with the book, my vote was for anything I could see Matt Bomer in (I have no idea if he would have been a great Christian Grey, but he's lovely to look at, isn't he?). Honestly, my main interest is the whole thing was to be treated to all those gorgeous male contenders for and recommendations for the role.

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  8. Yes, very true MzZeyZey, Matt Bomer is extremely easy on the eye! I kinda like the hoopla myself (which is probably why I'm adding to it!!) .. the casting shenanigans is kind of a publicity trick, but it's worked, keeping us all talking about it forever. Best publicity though is word of mouth once the film comes out. Then we'll know.

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  9. Seeing that I have read many of your film buff opinions and agreed with so many I will be taking your word for it.

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    1. Cheers Desere! (Let's hope we're both right!)

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  10. WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: If MzZeyZey wants to email me on heidi@heidi-rice.com I will send you a signed copy of Beach Bar Baby!

    Thanks for commenting folks.

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  11. FWIW, I hated the idea of Charlie Hunnam for FSOG, just thought he didn't look right at all from when they first announced it. Much happier with Jamie Dornan! :) Abby

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