The 71-year-old director of Good Will Hunting, who recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, recounted sending in a seductive sequence shot with 33-year-old Pettyfer when other directors were competing for the role of the first film in the series.
The scene involves sex. When Van Sant recalled his pitch, “I thought it was a way to get author E.L. James to observe my enthusiasm.” He stated, “It’s hard, in the start-up, to convince audiences to grasp where you’re heading if you make the film.”
The first sequel of the movie “Fifty Shades” was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, while James Foley directed its next two sequels. The popular role of Christain Grey was played by Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson portrayed the lead character Anastasia Steele.
Several directors were vying to direct the first Fifty Shades film, including Van Sant. Before Taylor-Johnson, 56, was chosen to direct the film, Joe Wright, Patty Jenkins, Bill Condon, Bennett Miller, and Steven Soderbergh were all given thought, according to a 2013 Variety story.
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When Fifty Shades of Grey released in theaters on February 11, 2015, and marked $166 million domestically and $570 million globally. The film ranked as the eleventh highest-grossing picture worldwide that year, and each of its sequels brought in more than $370 million at the box office globally.