Emma Watson rules out even considering 50 Shades of Grey: her loss or wise move?

I’m going to come clean and admit that I didn’t make it through 50 Shades of Grey. I got about to the middle of the book, and there were parts that were definitely sexy but the payoff didn’t seem worth it. It honestly took me too long to figure out the difference between inner goddess and subconscious. (I feel dumb about that, but my excuse it that those terms were brought up so much that I started tuning them out.) Plus when Anastasia broke up with Christian Grey I just was like “good” but of course he was a stalking freak and it didn’t end there. I was pissed off at how much she put up with, and I kept thinking about how I would never get with that guy. My mom loved the book though, she’s more of a reader than I am, and she reads higher quality material than I bother to attempt. So there’s a recommendation from someone whose opinion I highly respect.

BUT this book is such a phenomenon, so many people love it and it’s going to be a huge money-making franchise. So any actress should theoretically jump at the chance to play the lead. That’s not the case with Emma Watson. As background, the group Anonymous took credit for hacking the servers of German film company Constantin film. They posted a list of email addresses and logins to the company’s server, which included some details about projects that they’re working on. The leaked documents supposedly contained the news that Emma Watson was set to star in the 50 Shades adaption, but she shot that down real quick:

Don’t look for Emma Watson in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey flick.

The Harry Potter star made it clear she’s not interested in headlining the sexy adapted film, in spite of reports she was cast in the lead role.

Emma Watson gets wild and sexy in Bling Ring trailer

“Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life,” Watson tweeted. “Good. Well that’s sorted then.”

Reports hit the web Friday that the 22-year-old thesp was set to star as Anastasia Steele in the highly anticipated film, after a hacker team hacked into the internal server of German studio Constantin Film, stealing a document that reportedly showed that Watson was attached to the film.

A source told E! News, however, that in spite of the supposed hacking, casting for the film has not even started yet.

[From E! Online]

I don’t really get why Emma is so gung-ho on never playing this role. Sure it’s trashy, but it will be fun and so lucrative. It’s going to be an R movie, it will be racy but it’s not like it will be softcore or NC-17. There will be some nudity required of the female lead probably, and we know she hasn’t done any on screen. Maybe that’s why she’s so against it. Plus it’s not like she needs the money. She’s a multi-millionaire after the Harry Potter films and never has to work another day in her life if she doesn’t want it. She can be super picky about the roles she takes and she’s all “no, never.”

There’s talk that Mila Kunis could be the lead, and I think she’s a decent choice but she’s not innocent enough somehow. As Kaiser always says, they should cast this off the CW. I think Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder should star. He’s got that creepy way about him and she can look young and naive. Plus they’re a real life couple! I wouldn’t feel guilty about seeing this played out with the two of them. It’s fitting somehow, with the origins of the book as well.

Oh and here’s a segment from Comic Relief featuring Kate Moss reading from 50 Shades. (Credit to Kaiser for sending this to me!) She starts at about 1:00 in. Look at her messy hair! Now I know why Bedhead loves her. Plus she’s awesome. LMAO at this video.

Ian and Nina. See? Hot!

Emma Watson is shown at the People’s Choice Awards in January and out with her boyfriend, Will Adamowicz last month. Credit: FameFlynet.

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  1. AD says:

    The series is a joke and shouldn’t be made into a movie…ever.

    • L says:

      This. It’s a awful book that I read just to see what the big deal was about.

      Should never be a movie EVER.

    • Reindeer says:

      AGREED. I love reading, and this book was so popular. So, I thought I would give it a try. I couldn’t get past the third page. And I tried. Multiple times. The writing is awful. The story is stupid.

      If people want to read real, quality erotica, its out there. This book does nothing to represent the erotica genre. Ugh.

      (that felt so good to let out)

      • Kaye says:

        My experience mirrored yours. I really TRIED to read it, but my Inner Editor didn’t respond well to Anastasia’s Inner Goddess.

      • Sherry says:

        I made it to chapter four before I said, “I’m done!” I am a rabid reader of everything, but this book was so horribly written. Also, I’m such a control freak, I couldn’t get past the naive “Is he going to kiss me, gosh I wish he would kiss me” inner dialoguing and knowing where it would lead with her signing an agreement that gives him complete control over her life. Really?

        And what’s worse, there are women out there who find this attractive!

      • andrea says:

        Same here. I’ve read quite a bit of trash in my day but 50 Shades is just so poorly written from the very beginning. Sure, it’s kind of cool that some fanfic is making its way to mainstream publishing, but did it have to be that one?

        I think it’s a good decision on Emma’s part not to associate herself with such bad material. It’s not like she needs the money, and I don’t think she’s desperate for that kind of notoriety.

      • Jane says:

        My experience with the NYT best seller list is that it is not all that good an indicator of a good book. There have been some real snoozers and stinkers on that list.

        I depend more on reviews from Goodreads or Amazon, or both. But, I also read some of the reviews, not just look at the numbers. Sometimes people slam a book because of the price, poor production, late delivery, one incident in the story or a host of other reasons that don’t really have anything to do with whether it is a good book overall.

        Reading the reviews on Amazon of Gone Girl was the only reason I bought the ebook and I really enjoyed it.

      • Michelle says:

        Wow I’m shocked to see the response here is the same as mine. I agree, the book is horribly written, it even made me consider writing a book myself. Obviously, the bar is low.

        I got the book for my birthday, at my request. I would get the next part every time I finished one. I read FSOG and half of Fifty Shades Darker and was like: the sex-scenes were really kinky, I loved that, but I REALLY don’t care what happens to these people. If a bear came and ate them I would not feel joy, sadness or anything in between.

        So I said: don’t bother buying the third book. I ended up reading a summary of the whole story (online) and thinking wow this is stupid, glad I didn’t put myself through this…

      • Sadezilla says:

        @Kaye: My Inner Editor wanted to vom throughout the entire book. Also, what 21-year-old refers to her libido as her “Inner Goddess?” That read like an out-of-touch would-be soap opera writer trying to sound like a college student… oh, wait, that’s exactly what happened.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      TOTALLY agree. This makes me like her more! The book is sooooo bad.

      Isn’t it recycled twihard fanfic anyway? Why not cut to the chase and just hire Kristen? I hear her schedule is pretty open these days… and… I truly… deeply… believe… that… she… is… the… actress best qualified… to emote… the ellipsis…

    • V4Real says:

      I’d rather watch porn than read that book.

      Wise move on Emma part. I don’t want to see a girl who looks as if she is not a day over 16 staring in an S&M Movie. I’m sure pedophiles would be all over that.

    • Sandy Pandy says:

      Agree even though I can’t be bothered to read the books.

    • Beth says:

      Good for Emma! Horrible book, horrible characters, and fan-fiction of horrible series. Emma is way too smart/educated/classy (take your pick) to do this trash. And not because sexy or sex isn’t ok. Because this book has a weak girl, a stalking man, and the original series did nothing for women/girls either.

    • gg says:

      I’m glad to read all these comments to further cement me not even bothering to read page 1. Honestly, it sounds too close to abuse, which I abhor with every fiber of my being. If that makes me a prude, then so be it.

    • Susi says:

      100%!! These books are poorly written and the premise is awful. I can’t see a good movie coming out of them. Besides, a brilliant movie on this subject matter has already been made, and I can’t see that being matched. If you want your S&M fix, see “Secretary” with Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. If you want to read well-written, exciting, sensual smut, go back to the old standard of Anais Nin. Emma is reputedly a bright girl, she doesn’t need the money, why WOULD she take this part? It will probably be absolutely craptacular and just embarrassing. Bravo Emma!

    • gefeylich says:

      why do they keep making heroines out of dull, stupid girls?” (I’m looking at you, Bella Swan!)

      Maybe because the lead character from 50 Shades WAS Bella Swan when the book was Twilight fanfic. The author just changed the names, sold the book and is now raking in millions. Nice work, etc.

  2. Summer says:

    She also denied dating Johnny Simmons before they were caught together by paps. So yeah…CELEBS LIE ALSO.

  3. Jenna says:

    Except Ian and Nina look nothing like the characters in the book, and this movie should NEVER EVER, EVER (excuse the Swifty reference, but it fits) should be made.

  4. Helen says:

    Excellent choice. I read all 3 books because I couldn’t hate on the trilogy in ignorance: I get it why some women like it but, as literature, it’s s**t. I have never been offended by something put on paper than I was reading this. So, yeah, I’d say Emma did the smart thing by not accepting to play the part.

  5. mary says:

    I really think that doing a film version of 50 shades of grey would be a career killer, everybody knows it.

    That movies is for Lindsay Lohan who has no other options.

    Emma Watson may not be giving Oscar-worthy performances, but she and her team are smart enough to know she isn’t desperate enough for a role in 50 shades…come on…

  6. aims says:

    The series is what it is. I don’t take it seriously, is it trash? Yes, but going into it with that in mind, it’s a good escape for a few hours. The movie will be huge, and make a lot of money. Anyone who takes it on, will have to except that they will be typecast. Ask the twilight gang.

  7. Jennykins says:

    Good on her, this book is so awful. Not only is it poorly written, but it mixes up s and m with abuse. Dangerous and harmful to any impressionable reader, and to the bdsm community. Not going to lie, I will probably think less of any actress who takes this role

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I agree about thinking less of an actress who does this movie.
      Would probably agree that the book is horrible if I tried to read it but I got tricked into attempting “twilight” b/c lots of smart women seemed into it and I just cannot let that happen again:)

    • Nur says:

      Finally, thank you! I cannot understand how can an educated intelligent person in any way endorse this book. I love S&M, I love reading about it, I love erotica and I love reading in general but this book is none of these. It is a glorification of full on abuse! There is no real consent on her part.
      i am appalled by the love this book recieved and the horrible message it is sending out for all the impresionable females who think stalking and obssession are okay and a sign of deep love and for all the males who deduct this is what a woman wants. Not to mention the horrible writing and non existent editing.
      If Emma is dissing this suggestion based on these issues, more respect to her..

    • littlestar says:

      You hit the nail on the head. S&M is something between two (or more) consenting adults. Christian emotionally abused and manipulated Anastasia. I think a lot of women who read this book read his abuse and manipulation as love and thought, “I want a man who is as into me as Christian is into Anastasia!” Sorry, but who wants to be with a man who needs to control everything down to what a woman eats and wears? That sounds creepy and scary to me, not sexy and romantic.

      I’ll confess I read the trilogy just to see what the hype was about (and to be able to bitch about it – it’s kind of like voting, if you don’t do it you can’t bitch about it lol). Anne Rice’s S&M Beauty Trilogy is sooo much better!

      • gg says:

        Listen, when I was 19 I was confused about love and had a guy like that. I saw my mistake pretty quickly and broke it off, except his obsessing and stalking me made my life a living hell for many years after that. Not cool.

      • littlestar says:

        @gg – My 28 year old friend was the one who told me about the Shades of Grey trilogy, and that she thought Christian was romantic and swoon worthy and I should give the books a read. That’s what I’m talking about when I say I don’t understand why grown women think Christian’s behaviour is acceptable. But then again, my 28 year old friend has had issues with men since she was 15, so there you go :( .

    • Mr.Smurf says:

      I was just about to say that! Although I have no personal experience with bdsm, I do read a lot of bdsm fanfictions that are written by people who are obviously into it. I was so offended when I read the first book (the only one I read). I mean the whole premise of a man who lives the bdsm lifestyle 24/7 getting with a girl who has no clue about any of it is idiotic. I have a feeling no dominant (man or woman) who was decent and caring would ever put themselves or their lover/sub in that position. It’s dangerous.

      Second was the fact that she was not a strong female character at all. I’d even go so far as to say that she was worse than bella, at least bella had some type of an excuse as to being dazzled by a vampire. The whole book she was like, I don’t do anything I don’t want to, then she was I don’t really want to do this but fine, then I’ll do it because you/I love you. Plus they made “Edward” into some weirdo control freak with god like powers…creepy.

      It’s like EL James took absolutely no time to research the bdsm community at all (it’s not like google hasn’t been invented), and just put whatever she wanted and called it bdsm. If I was someone who was into it personally, I would be so offended…..I’d be writing letters and everything. It’s just grossly innacurate, even I know that.

      That being said, I hope I’m not the only one who thinks that Emma Watson is a horrible actress. Maybe I’m wrong, and she’ll improve, but to me she seems like those one act actresses- slightly better than Jennifer A, but gets hired because she is dependable and likeable.

    • Isabell says:

      We live in an era of feminized & submissive men, sorry to say it but its true. Males that refuse to step up, pursue, and to protect. Not completely their fault, its somewhat our fault as well. Women are craving the stereotypical Alpha/Strong male. The women reading this book believe Christian represents that man but in reality he’s emotional, controlling, and very manipulative. Its sad to say but women now confuse emotional/mental abuse with masculine strength.

  8. RobN says:

    So she doesn’t want to do the soft core role that every child star seems to feel they need to do to be taken seriously as an adult actress? Good for her.

  9. G. says:

    That book was so terribly written and it disappoints me that it’s so huge. There are so many better written erotica novels out there that get ignored.

  10. Merritt says:

    Why would anyone want to be a film of 50 Shades? It is not even worthy of being a guilty pleasure. The books are poorly written Twilight fan fiction. 50 Shades (and Twilight) are just creepy stalker fantasies.

  11. Hubbahun says:

    Glad she has more self respect than the people who read and enjoy this sh*t. It’s a literary and moral abomination – and no, I’m not ashamed to clutch my pearls on this one. Good on you, Emma, you are one classy lady.

  12. Miss Kiki says:

    *sigh* I wish people would stop praising this book. The book romanticizes abusive relationships, the writing is awful, the whole story is pretty much plagiarism and the sex isn’t that great.

  13. Ms Kay says:

    That book is bafflingly crap. So yes she is a smart girl.

  14. Maria says:

    it would be good if we finally could get away from the “female child star has to get naked to be accepted as a woman” sh*t. im so sick of it. same goes for pop stars.

    also this movie problably will make good money but seriously no one that wants to be taken seriously will go close to this.
    it might be even worse than twillight.

    Emma right now is working with Aronofsky and Coppola so it would be such a dumb move to even consider that role.

    She seems to be really ambitious and i think she wants to be in the league of the really respected female actresses.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      “it would be good if we finally could get away from the “female child star has to get naked to be accepted as a woman” sh*t. im so sick of it. same goes for pop stars.”

      ITA with this sentiment…this reminds me of that horrible-looking flick about to come out, ‘Springbreakers’ with Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson (sp?)…these are all Disney starlets trying to break out of that innocent girl role and into “womanhood” (cough) with trashy sex scenes. It’s really sad. Even sadder – they have ART Franco they had to fool with in the film #nasty…Good for Emma.

      • blaize says:

        I would like it even better if we could get past the whole ‘loss of innocence is sad, overt sexuality is bad, females need to stay wholesome if they ever worked for disney’ thing. God forbid a woman who used to work for disney actually admit and embrace a love of the overtly sexual, or be curious about taking on such a role. And Ashley Benson wasn’t a disney star.

      • Dani says:

        Blaize – I agree with you, but there’s also a difference between playing a role such as a girl in Spring Breakers as opposed to Diane Lane in Unfaithful. Things can be done in a classy, well portrayed way or they can be trashy and vulgar. Emma is smart not to take this role because it’s just cheap and warrants someone like Tara Reid.

    • mom2two says:

      Maria, I totally agree with what you said about female child actresses.
      Emma Watson is not one of my favorite actresses at all (I think acting wise, she is the worst out of the HP trio) but doing 50 Shades would be a total downgrade for her. She doesn’t need the press or the money, so I have no problem with her flat out refusing to do that part.
      And 50 Shades is a terrible book. The only way the movies would be good is if a good screenwriter gutted the book and did their own thing with the story.

  15. Em' says:

    Maybe she’s so gung-ho about it because Anastasia Steele is really an awful character. I hope Emma would never enact such a weak and terrible feminine character. As a woman I feel insulted by Ana.
    Moreover the book sucks. Not only the story but also the style. I am not a native english speaker but even I could see how much it is ill-written. I think it’s safe to say the movie will suck as well (unless they change everything)

  16. MG says:

    Couldn’t get through the book, I thought it was horrible!! I think they are going to have to go D list to get actors for this crap.

  17. MichelleR says:

    I loved the books, but some books can’t be made into movies (Twilight). This is going to be a disaster….please don’t ruin this series by making it into a movie.

  18. MisJes says:

    I thought the “Twilight” series were the worst written books I had ever come across, until I read 3 chapters of that “50 Shades” monstrosity. It’s nothing more than a trashy thrill for the masses. Awful.

    I think Ian and Nina are a terrible choice, but given the quality of this crap, they might be all producers have to pick from. Emma Watson is a clever girl to stay away from this mess.

  19. Samigirl says:

    GOOD. The movie will make oodles of money, but it’s going to be terrible! Just like the book series.

  20. Happymom says:

    It’s not like she needs to get more famous or make more money. So good for her for passing on this crap.

  21. Lili says:

    I hated the book, I can’t believe people find this good. I hate Anastasia and Christian, they are so annoying beyond words!

  22. Anna says:

    “so many people love it and it’s going to be a huge money-making franchise” – what’s the last ‘huge money-making franchise’ with an R rating, outside of horror films? What point is there to cast anyone with a YA following if the teen fanbase cannot even show up to the movie? You cant even market the film to most Twihards – the core audience that willed the books into existence. The main appeal of the books is their softcore porn quality (however dubious). People enjoy that stuff in private. They don’t want to get all hot and bothered in a room full of friends and strangers. Well, most of them dont.

    • Mia 4S says:

      Exactly! It has appeal to certain group of woman but zero crossover to kids and limited access for teenagers (who will have to buy tickets to other movies if they want to sneak in). It could make a killing on DVD and VOD but as a franchise we aren’t talking Batman here. Hell we are not even talking Twilight. I don’t get the desire to make this an A list project. It’s a silly soft core good for some quick cash. Plus the way they keep delaying the film no one will care by the time it does come out!

      Also I’m not a fan of Emma but I LOVE her for that tweet. Stop trying to make us embrace junk food as gourmet!! It’s OK that you like junk food…but it’s not and never will be gourmet!!

    • Gine says:

      Agree-I actually don’t think it would do well at the box office at all. They’d either have to take a lot of the sex out, and from what I understand there’s hardly any story left after that (I tried to read the books just out of curiosity, but the writing was unbearable), or keep the sex in and give it a higher rating–and like you said, no one’s going to want to go to a theater to watch porn.

  23. Itsa Reallyme says:

    Good choice to stay away from that, Emma. This series is hardly good literature. It’s poorly written garbage. I wouldn’t want my name attached to it either.

  24. MARIA says:

    so… it’s a terrible written book about how a guy stalks a woman? twilight with sex then?

  25. Tig says:

    No to Ian and Nina- totally wrong in every possible way.

    Given the amt of time that’s passing- whoever is making this may elect to go the Showtime/Starz route as opposed to feature length movie

  26. Emma - the JP Lover says:

    Wise move! “50 Shades of Gray” is such a piece of crap. I can’t believe all the people oohing and aahing over it.

    Instead, try reading “The Story of O” or “Exit to Eden,” which also explore the subject and were well written.

    Emma is SO wise not to take part in this tripe. “50 Shade of Gray” will ‘not’ be another “Valley of the Dolls,” and I’m talking about the original 1967 film based on Jacqueline Susann’s novel with Barbara Perkins (who played model Anne Welles), Patty Duke (who played Broadway star Neely O’Hara), and the incredibly beautiful Sharon Tate (yes, the one murdered by the Manson Family … she played tragic film star Jennifer North). That movie is watchable still, with a story about drug addiction (the Dolls), friendship, betrayals, and the rise and fall of fame we can relate to today. But the best thing about the novel (and film) was the rumor that Jacqueline Susann based her three main characters on real people. Everyone went nuts trying to figure out each character’s real counterpart (many thought the Neely O’Hara character was based on Judy Garland). The ‘Women’s Libbers’ liked the ending of the film better than the ending in the novel (so did I). Good times. :)

    If they did a credible remake of “Valley of the Dolls,” Emma would probably jump at a chance for a role … it would be a great adult role for her. If she can sing, she’d be perfect for the Neely O’Hara role.

  27. Andrea says:

    I read the first book to see what all the fuss was about. It was a trashy novel, no doubt about it, but a good escape from the real world for a few hours.

    Going by how the characters are physically described in the book, Christian Grey was a red-head and I honestly can’t think of anyone in Hollywood who could pull off the role, physically at least. Maybe Prince Harry would like to try his hand at acting?!?!

    I think Anastasia Steele should be played by none other than Alexis Bledel. She fits the role perfect physically, plus she has the whole innocence thing going on…

  28. Itsa Reallyme says:

    Yes! Only someone like Lilo can get away with doing this movie. It’ll have to be someone that’s already sunk as low as they can go.

  29. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    Oh God…serioulsy… Who is gonna watch this movie? The book SUCKS! Anastasia Steele is the dumbest protagonist ever! Her Inner Goddess… Oh my! My Inner Goddess would like to punch her in the face!
    Anyway… Emma, you don’t belong to some trashy series.

  30. epiphany says:

    I’m not a prude, but it’s a shame that a film or a TV show or book feels compelled to include lots of graphic ( and completely gratuitous) sex in order to be considered “ground breaking” or “cutting edge.” The novels themselves are kind of silly – okay, we get it, some people like bondage and S&M, please move on – so I think Emma mad a wise move. But ‘Fifty Shades’ isn’t the only example of sexual overkill. I watch ‘Game of Thrones’, and it’s quite entertaining, but the level of graphic sex on that show far exceeds even that which is found in the novels – and that in itself is considerable. I don’t need to see people doing it doggy style to figure out they’re sexually involved; just show them lying in bed together, post coitus, and I think we can all figure it out. I would much prefer clever dialogue and witty playful banter over the never ending scenes of (presumably) feigned intercourse.

    • Bijlee says:

      THANK YOU. People just get bored by dialogue though so you actually have ti show the scene. But it is 100 percent gratuitous. Ridiculously so. But that’s what hbo is …sophisticated porn. You know porn with a storyline.

    • Claudia says:

      So true about GOT! That’s my only (major) quibble about the show. I remember an SNL skit that lampooned the gratuitous sex scenes. It got to the point where I would roll my eyes/sigh in frustration whenever a sex scene came on. I hope the producers/directors/writers took note and considerably tone it down this next season.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I heartily agree with the GOT comment. I think I’ve read the term “sexposition” meaning to have the characters sexually active while sharing dialogue that moves the plot along. All I can think is, Really? People need sex to be interested in dialogue? Or what? More people will watch because hot females/males are nekkid? I think they are seriously underestimating their audience…or, at least, I hope so.

  31. Janet says:

    I’m surprised anyone could make it even halfway through that book. I tossed it into the round file ten pages in.

    I don’t blame Watson for not wanting to do the film. The book sucked and the movie probably won’t be any better.

  32. NeoCleo says:

    The book is incredibly creepy. I don’t see how a role in the movie could be career-enhancing. Smart girl IMO.

  33. NeoCleo says:

    Emma’s got a cute boyfriend.

  34. Green is Good says:

    50 shades was complete and utter CRAP. It was shitty Twililight fanfic. I couldn’t make it through the 3rf chapter before ripping it up and using it for toilet paper.

    Emma Watson is a smart woman. Kristen Stewart has a window in her schedule. Why not hire her? No actual talent is required for this piece of shit.

  35. ray says:

    The books are poorly written. But it has a plot (somewhat). If screen writer is good it can come out as a good movie. They alter books all the time when making a movie.

  36. Aenna says:

    I tried to read that book as well..I just couldn’t do it.

    I’m glad Emma didn’t take the part, the book seemed to have

    grossed her out, there has to be better roles out there for her to play.IMO

  37. Kat says:

    I’m really glad to see i’m not the only one diliking this book. I read the three of them and at the moment i finished them i was like “what the hell was all of this?!”. It bothers me when people says is “the best book ever”, and about the movie, have to say i don’t like any actors or actresses because i’d rather there was no movie.

  38. MaraJade says:

    lol I love how you ‘confess’ to not having finished that book, as though readying for some pearl-clutching. Seriously, it’s just sh!tty Twilight fanfic with reassigned physiques and copy-replaced names, and stretched into gratuitous ‘sequels’ because trilogies are just so fashionable nowadays. It’s a phenomenon because it builds on everything Twilight through shoddy mass-market erotica.

    TBH, I *completely* get why Emma would be so gung-ho about never playing that role, and good on her if that remains the case.

  39. serena says:

    Alexis Bledel would be the perfect Anastasia, all considered. Not so much Nina Dobrev or Emma Watson, they’re not so much like Anastasia, figure-wise. And I’m glad Emma ruled that one out, maybe she hated the book or she didn’t want to do nudity..whatever, her choice.

  40. jc126 says:

    Of course it’s a wise move. The books are poorly written pieces of crap, and this role won’t help the career of any actress.

  41. sauvage says:

    “I don’t really get why Emma is so gung-ho on never playing this role. Sure it’s trashy, but it will be fun and so lucrative. It’s going to be an R movie, it will be racy but it’s not like it will be softcore or NC-17. There will be some nudity required of the female lead probably, and we know she hasn’t done any on screen. Maybe that’s why she’s so against it.”

    Yeah, it could be that. Or it could be her refusing to star in a film where the story is both misogynist and dumb. Huh?

  42. Larissa says:

    I think it’s pretty much common sense that this one of the most horrendous books ever written. I can envision the author writing this on cheap wine and anti-depressants.

  43. Claudia says:

    50 Shades is complete crap. I don’t understand people who like it and I get judgey about it in the sense that I lose some respect for people when they go around recommending books like this.

    I agree with a poster on here who said acting in 50 Shades would be a career killer. The only type of directors who would take note of the actress who starred in this piece of crap (and most actors take roles that would help further their career in some way, whether it be indie-cred or mass-appeal) would be the Michael Bays (and worse) of this world.

    • blaize says:

      There’s nothing wrong woth liking erotica. Sexuality isn’t a bad thing.

      • Sachi says:

        Nothing wrong with liking erotica. I’ve read many books in that genre.

        But there’s also nothing wrong about disliking badly written erotica.

        The 50 Shades trilogy is the worst kind of erotica I’ve ever read. The relationship borders on abuse and Anastasia is one dumb character. Christian Grey also sounds like a massive control freak with really serious issues who wants to manipulate Anastasia’s whole person and life. Only someone so dumb like Anastasia can fall for him.

        They’re the perfect pairing for an uncomfortable, disturbing relationship.

      • insomniac says:

        But stalking and abuse are, and yet these books glorify it. And I’m thrilled Emma is staying away.

      • Anoni Mus says:

        There’s nothing wrong with liking WELL WRITTEN erotica. This book seems written by an immature teenager. I couldn’t even make it to the sex scenes when I just gave up. When Anastasia wasn’t biting her lower lip, she was saying “holy crap” or “oh my” every damn page. Repetitive and stupid. Pure drivel.

  44. dave says:

    I hate it now that whenever a book is a mild-moderate success, 1 second later it’s all ‘when will the movie come out?’

    I remember talking to a little kid (6 yrs old) all about their favourite book. She said to me she was excited for the movie to come out too. I replied that I didn’t realise they were making a movie and if she knew when it was out. She said to me ‘all books become movies’.


    Why does everything have to be bastardised? (Not applying this to 50 shades of gray. Haven’t read it, don’t care if it’s a movie or not)

  45. Pale fire says:

    Smart girl. She will do much better than some cheesy phenom career killer.

  46. j.eyre says:

    Did someone buy the rights to make a movie? Is there a script? I keep hearing casting ideas but are they really making this a movie?

  47. Allie says:

    There is a fine line between adoring/loving someone and obsessing over them. Just reading certain chapters made me feel suffocated. Can she not hang out with a friend without begging for his approval? Makes me shudder.

    Also, why do they email? Isn’t texting easier?

  48. original kay says:

    I tried to read them.
    It wasn’t the subject matter, it was the writing and the characters- it was just awful.

  49. Redheadwriter says:

    I enjoyed the books. (Hanging head in shame.)

  50. lucy2 says:

    Haven’t read it because everyone said it was crap.
    Emma (and anyone else who cares about the quality of the source material or script) doesn’t need that – she’s already rich, famous, and gets tons of offers. My guess is it’s going to be some C or D lister who wants to break out.

  51. DreamyK says:

    Horrible book. The only mildly entertaining part of it was seeing how many times “inner goddess” was used, how many murmurs and whispers.

    Good move, Emma. Nothing good can come from this.

  52. ontheraw says:

    Good for her! Wouldn’t go near this piece of shit crap if they paid me! This is NOT good writing (in style, form, content or character development; it’s not even good or correct grammar in many instances), it is absolute garbage. So many entertaining books out there and people willingly pick up this piece of crap! To me, it’s unbelievable.

  53. Pop! says:

    Lol i love Kate Moss.
    She seems so personable and friendly in the video.
    Agree that role is career suicide.

  54. Diana says:

    I haven’t read them because it digusts me that in the begining that POS was a fanfic and this woman got all rich for something you can easyly find for free on-line while she mocked the fandom all the way to the bank. Also, I heard it was utter crap. Better save me some time and grive. Good for Emma for not touching this mess.

    • Silk Spectre says:

      This is what baffles me. Why do people, in the 21st century, pay for this sh*t? Have they not heard of the internet? Of google? Of the many, many websites dedicated to bringing you all your favorite fictional characters doing the deed in various creative positions? Or if fanfiction’s not your thing, then there are sites that feature original “characters” and their sex-lives as well. There’s absolutely no reason to make some no-talent hack rich just to get your jollies on. Really. I promise.

  55. Nessa says:

    I never read the books, nor will I ever. So, I can’t really comment on that. However, this post made me like Kate Moss a little bit! Her embarrassed reaction to reading an excerpt from the book is super cute!

  56. snappyfish says:

    wise move. thanks to HP, emma doesn’t need the money and can pick something much better. that book was horrible, laughable and terribly unsexy, all at the same time.

  57. Marianne says:

    Wise move. She’s better than that. Plus, she’s already doing fine for herself. It’s not like she needs it to make a name for herself.

  58. Shannon says:

    Horrible book and HORRIBLE writing. I could barely get through the first book and I skipped reading the other two. I don’t honestly know what all the fuss is about with these books. Any respectable actor would avoid this movie like the plague.

  59. The Original Tiffany says:

    Someone once linked us to a site where an author takes this book apart chapter by chapter. That was a great read and the only (and most humorous) way to read any of this tripe. I wish I could remember that link. It was gold.

    It isn’t even worth being called a book or literature. It is stupid, not sexy and poorly written. So poorly written I can’t even come up with words.

  60. citygirlsf says:

    Smart move, girl. That’s a movie that is destined to be Alan Smithee material.

  61. Mew says:

    I’m glad she knows what she wants and what she doesn’t and isn’t willing to sell herself out.

  62. Paddy says:

    Whoever takes this role needs to be a “Sharon Stone” like actress & and whilst Emma W did ok in HP she’s still to show she’s more than a child actress. She’s an attractive girl but is NOT sexy at all, she’s asexual

  63. RHONYC says:

    her young man is awfully cute. quite handsome indeed. ;-)

  64. Tiamet says:

    I could go into great depth about everything wrong with this book but someone else has already done it better.


    My summary – this is not erotica or S&M (which has the primary rules of safe, sane and CONSENSUAL), this is abuse and rape and the fact that the author shuts down people who try to call her on it by saying ‘it’s insulting to abused women to discuss it’ when it’s the abused women and organisations intended to help them who are trying to raise the subject in the first place tells me all I need to know about her moral bankruptcy.

    Good for Emma Watson for not getting involved – apart from anything else, can this actually be filmed as anything other than porn? It’s sex scenes with (poor) dialogue to tie them together.

    I have met two people in my life who remind me of Christin Grey. One is still in jail (for stalking), the other has a lifetime restraining order. Not a good thing for a hero of a romantic novel.

    • Michelle says:

      Thank you so much for that link. I always thought it was badly written, but this explains why in such a good way! The writers are funny and I can’t stop reading. They really point out why the books are stupider than stupid.

      I feel silly for even reading 1 1/2 of the books.

  65. Jane says:

    Never read the books and never will. Glad Emma has the smarts to stay away.

    This reading, by British Actor Charles Dance is enough for me.

  66. Elena says:

    “50 Shades of Grey” is utter crap, and I speak from the heart. There has not been a book I didn’t give a fair chance to, I was sure people criticizing the series are exaggerating a bit, but NO! Turned out, they were actually going soft. I started and tried my best to reach the middle but failed happily.
    I am really glad Emma is not going to be a part of the movie that is so unfortunately being made.

  67. Janet says:

    I could see either Lohan or KStew doing that film. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else touch it with a ten foot pole.

  68. GoodCapon says:

    That Kate Moss video was funny :D

    Charles Dance did the same thing and it’s hilariously sexy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3POYx6IeeI

  69. Miss Jupitero says:

    She has way too much talent and too many options in life to settle for such an inferior story. She has taken the only dignified option. Keep your standards high, Emma!

  70. sam25 says:

    I haven’t read the book, just excerpts, but it seems really cheesy and dumb. I don’t see how it’s a bad move for Emma not to be interested. Not all books become blockbusters. More fail than succeed. Also she’s worth millions. Emma isn’t in the position/need to do a role for the money. She can say yes or no to whatever she wants. I haven’t heard any A-listers wanting to do this film although people behind the film are trying to throw Angelina Jolie, Ryan Gosling, etc names around. The only one’s begging for parts are C and D-listers. I hope the Ian guy gets it just because he’s been begging for months.

  71. Renee says:

    The book is a badly written and the movie will be bad. Smart choice.

  72. SCREEEE says:

    I pretty much cheered when I saw her tweet. They’re going to have to go B-list at best to find somebody willing to associate themselves with this trash. I mean it’s SHITTY TWILIGHT FANFICTION for people who don’t know there’s better-written p0rn on the net for free, and just look at how keen the Twilight stars seemed on that whole shebang a couple of films into that mess.

  73. Kay says:

    Maybe she’s embarrassed about people thinking she was going to do a movie based on one of the shittest books ever. I tried to read it ages ago and couldn’t make it past 20 pages. I didn’t even know it was fanfiction, and was just like, this is the worst thing ever! I can’t believe this chick got so many profits from writing twilight fanfiction

  74. Kay says:

    Maybe she’s embarrassed about people thinking she was going to do a movie based on one of the shittest books ever. I tried to read it ages ago and couldn’t make it past 20 pages. I didn’t even know it was fanfiction, and was just like, this is the worst thing ever! I can’t believe this chick got so many profits from writing twilight fanfiction

  75. Cletus says:

    I’m glad someone finally mentioned that 50 Shades started out as FANFICTION. Twilight fanfic, actually. That means it has doubled down on dumb- a sh-tty piece of fanfic based on sh-tty books. I have read better fanfic on ToplessRobot.com on their fanfictionfridays- and that shit is BAD, you guys. It’s rill bad. It’s like Courtney Stodden and Courtney Love in a threesome with CarrotTop B A D- and it’s STILL better than 50 Shades. God help us, is what I’m saying.

  76. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    She would ruin her image to be seen in that. Smart cookie. Follow Anne Hathaway. Wait for nudity at least five years or so.

  77. gg says:

    So, out of 79 responses and their threads, only one poster liked this book?

  78. Adrien says:

    Wise move. That would be her “Showgirls” or “9 Songs” or “Brown Bunny”. Being known as Hermione forever is not actually a bad thing.

  79. mimi says:

    If it’s going to be some sort of hollywood porn like Sharon Stone’s films or Showgirls and the likes, then she did the right move.

    I do think she would have been an excellent choice, for the characters etc.

  80. Helvetica says:

    Ha! Love her cheeky comment. Love her dress. Also love Nina Dobrev’s red dress.

  81. Abby says:

    I’m just coming over here to comment on that Kate video. I’m not even a fan of her, but that’s hilarious. Really funny clip. She’s so embarrassed to be reading that crap out loud.

  82. Kristine says:

    I got about 80% done but couldn’t take it anymore. I found the writing annoying.

  83. Kim says:

    Emma Watson is class. She doesn’t do low brow, over hyped, over sexualized B-list crap like 50 shades of grey. She has talent and self-respect so she doesn’t need to take off her clothes and make a farce, ya know?

  84. Christine says:

    How the hell can you insult Twilight and then justify reading this book? It’s BDSM Twilight fan fiction. If anyone tried to recommend this book series to me I would immediately discredit anything else they ever recommended.