This ^^ is Kelly Marcel. She’s a screenwriter. She’s also friends with Tom Hardy, which means that she has great taste in dude-friends. Marcel wrote Saving Mr. Banks (which I enjoyed but understood was largely a fictional account of the real story) and she had the unenviable task of adapting EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey into a screenplay. Marcel appeared at a Q&A recently and she was asked about adapting the book and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, and she was full of praise. A suspicious amount of praise.
There is no doubt that fans of the Fifty Shades Of Grey book are eager to see how the saucy scenes will translate on screen. And it sounds like audiences are in for a real treat as revealed by co-screenwriter Kelly Marcel at a Hollywood writer’s Q&A last week.
When it came to navigating the complex love scenes required for the erotically charged movie, Kelly believes leading man Jamie Dornan has given an Oscar-worthy performance.
At the An Evening In The Writer’s Room event hosted by Iranian-American writer Reza Aslan, British writer Kelly was asked how difficult it was to write the sex scenes. Kelly revealed that the ‘you are my popsicle’ line from a particularly raunchy section of the book went into the movie, adding: ‘It’s genius. They apparently did that scene great. Apparently Jamie is great at being soft and hard at the same time. Which is hard to do for an actor! He’s going to get an Oscar!’
To be able to translate such scenes onto the big screen, Kelly had to be extremely descriptive and specific in the script, adding that she couldn’t just put ‘They made love’ and move on.
She explained: ‘I had to actually describe everything! It was really embarrassing when you’re doing studio notes around the table with 12 people.’
Last year, Kelly – who wrote TV series Terra Nova – spoke to Variety about her transition into erotic fiction and said she wasn’t worried about taking on the Fifty Shades project.
She said: ‘There is a book…there [was] a template to follow on that one. It’s all laid out. So no, I didn’t worry about it.’
When she was asked if she watched any TV for reference, she jokingly replied: ‘Apart from the p0rn? Lots of p0rn. No, there wasn’t really anything.’
I’m about to give producers some begrudging credit: I like the fact that they got a female screenwriter and a female director to adapt the terrible book into a movie. That being said… NO, Jamie Dornan is not going to get an Oscar for this. That’s like the Twihards thinking that Kristen Stewart should win an Oscar for Breaking Dawn. Dornan will be lucky to walk away from this film with some kind of career, although if everything is timed correctly, he’ll have some great counter-programming going on at the same time as the film’s release – I’m hoping the second season of The Fall will be aired around the same time as Fifty Shades gets its release. Jamie will survive, I’m hoping. And I’m sure that’s all Jamie expects too.
PS… I love Reza Aslan and I can’t believe he conducted the Q&A with Kelly Marcel!!
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