Kinky sex ruled at Thursday night’s extravagant world premiere of Fifty Shades Darker in Los Angeles. The second installment of the hugely popular Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy—based on E.L. James’s erotic novels—was received with joy; each time Jamie Dornan (who plays heartthrob millionaire christian grey) disrobed, thunderous applause and cheers were heard throughout the theater at the Ace Hotel.
Director James Foley reveled in the excitement—and thinks a certain commander in chief might enjoy his film as well. When asked if Donald Trump could learn a thing or two by watching Fifty Shades Darker, Foley answered in the affirmative and even offered to screen the film for the president.
“Our film would expand his mind in a positive way, because it certainly needs expanding,” Foley told Vanity Fair at the premiere. “By watching the movie, I think he would come to appreciate the emotional relationship between a man and a woman that was based on equality. He needs to appreciate and realize that all relationships—no matter race, religion and economic status—are equally important. I invite him to watch the movie and learn some things about relationships based on equality.”
In the sequel—out in theaters February 10—Dakota Johnson reprises her role as Anastasia Steele, who is no longer the wary bondage participant of Fifty Shades of Grey. She’s back together with Christian Grey—but on her own terms. In this movie, she has equal footing with the wealthy S&M enthusiast.
“What I love about the second story is that Ana is now on the same level with Christian in their relationship,” Johnson told Vanity Fair prior to the screening. “She’s much more aware of herself, and knows what she wants and takes control. This helps their relationship grow stronger.”
Anastasia is also more sexually confident in the sequel. As a result, Johnson is baring it all once again for multiple sex scenes that are even more explicit than they were in the first film. It’s a task that remains challenging for the actress.
“It’s still scary to think that a lot of people will see me naked,” the 27-year-old admits. “I’m not ashamed of my body, [but] sometimes there’s just a feeling vulnerability. At the same time, it’s an important part of the story and that’s why I chose to do it.”
“It’s never easy” to act out those highly sexual activities—involving spanking, pleasure balls and leg restraints—said Johnson. Thankfully, “Jamie and I have become really close friends so there is a lot trust between us, and that helps us get through the intimate scenes,” she explained. “And a shot of whiskey helps too!”