Last week Charlie Hunnam announced that the pressure of boning Dakota Johnson on camera over and over was just too much for a guy to handle, leading the filmmakers of “50 Shades of Grey” to begin looking for someone else. But their leading lady Dakota Johnson, set to play the easily manipulated Anastasia Steele, has reservations, now, too.
A source close to the actress told E! the sudden explosion in interest has her freaking out:
“Dakota is having a very hard time dealing with all the press. When she first got the role, it was way too much for her.”
Yeah, it’s probably weird to have journalists ask you about your butt plug collection and/or jet ski experience. The source said “it’s been tough” for Dakota, and now the race is officially on for her to pull out and leave the producers high and dry (the opposite of the character she’s slated to play).
But this is probably a good thing. Sasha Grey has been trying to expand her acting repertoire, she has a plethora of experience, and her name is Grey. It’s like the ultimate stunt casting feat. Granted, she probably wouldn’t want to get involved in this now that she’s written a competing adult novel, but still. They should at least try.
Meanwhile, Dakota’s IMDB message board is filled with neurotic married women bitching and moaning about how she looks “too old,” which would probably take its toll on any 23-year-old actress because it’s complete bullshit. Apparently the “50 Shades” fans like ’em young (even though many of them are suggesting Emma Watson, who’s the exact same age).
It’s like that old saying: You can please all of the sad, secretly-fetishistic married ladies none of the time.