E L James has given her first interview since the recent series of 50 Shades Of Grey film setbacks, including what she really thought about Charlie Hunnam's dramatic exit.
The film hasn't got off to the easiest start - not only has its release date now been delayed twice, but finding the author's leading man has been a mission in itself.
After the original Christian Grey, Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam, pulled out of the lead role just weeks before filming began, the hunt was on to find the actor's replacement...
'It was disappointing, but it is what it is', James said of Hunnam's shock exit. 'I wish him well. And now we have Jamie [Dornan], and that’s great. It’s been interesting with Jamie, [the fan reaction] has been so positive.'
The British author also revealed the on-screen adaptation of her bestselling erotic novel nearly didn't happen. 'I didn’t know if it was the right thing to do", she confessed. 'And then I thought, 'I’m middle-aged; when in the hell am I going to get another chance to make a movie in Hollywood?'
'That was the final thing: Let’s go for it. Let’s see if we can have some fun with it.' Best decision she ever made if you ask us.
By Robyn Munson