Director Sam Taylor-Johnson says it’s the love story at the center of Fifty Shades of Grey that drew her to the project. But for readers familiar with the sexually elicit trilogy, which begins filming in Vancouver next week, Fifty Shades of Grey is no traditional love story.
As it turns out Taylor-Johnson is no traditional director. For those of you unfamiliar with Taylor-Johnson, the 46-year-old mother of four daughters is a British visual artist and photographer who once posed with her ex-boyfriend, artist Henry Bond, in a re-creation of the famous naked John Lennon-Yoko Ono photograph. She won acclaim for her 2009 series of photos of famous Hollywood men crying. (The series, which featured portraits of Paul Newman, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Gosling, and many others, can be seen here.) She’s also well-known for marrying Kick-Ass lead Aaron Taylor, who is 20 years her junior.
Taylor-Johnson spent years making music videos (R.E.M.) and short films, including one called Death Valley that featured a man masturbating in the desert. But it was the short film Love You More, which author E L James called “sweet and sexy and fun,” that became her calling card for landing the Fifty Shades job.
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