'50 shades of grey' director reveals backstage drama
with author E.L. James.
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Bringing a popular book to the screen is one of Hollywood's toughest magic tricks, and it doesn't always go so well. Not only do the filmmakers have a legion of obsessive fans to contend with, but the story's original author is often super possessive over their work—as they should be—which can lead to some ugly clashes with the director. This is essentially what happened on the set of 50 Shades of Grey, according to a new interview that director Sam Taylor-Johnson gave to Porter magazine. "It was difficult, I'm not going to lie," the British filmmaker said of working with 50 Shades writer, E.L. James. "We definitely fought, but they were creative fights and we would resolve them. We would have proper on-set barneys, and I'm not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she'd written as well as my need to visualize this person on screen, but, you know, we got there."
On top of being a director, Taylor-Johnson is an accomplished visual artist, and had very specific ideas of how the movie should look. This didn't always vibe with James. "I knew how it should be made, needed to be made, and I felt a certain responsibility to make it the right way," Taylor-Johnson said. "I felt it was an incredible story. It's like a dark twisted fairy tale, very romantic, and it was interesting how troubling it was, and how romance and the darkness interweaved."