In news that is surprising to no one, Jamie Dornan is kind of over his role in the Fifty Shades franchise. After three movies in three years, it’s pretty easy to see why he’d be done being Christian Grey. But his reasoning is a little surprising. It’s not because he’s fatigued from filming three feature-length films in as many years or because he’s looking for new acting challenges in playing new characters. It’s because he’s “gettin’ too old.”
During a Monday appearance on Lorraine, Dornan explained that both he and costar Dakota Johnson are apparently at the age where they need to leave their onscreen S&M relationship behind.
“Unless Erica [E. L. James] keeps writing, but Dakota and I are… particularly me, I’m gettin’ too old for… for this,” he explained. At 35, though, Dornan looks as good as ever, so excuse us if we respectfully disagree.
However, there’s another problem: The third film is the end of the story. When asked specifically if this was his last one, Dornan replied, “Um, yeah. I think so. I don’t think there’s any… I mean, there’s no other books. [E. L. James] wrote the first two books again from Christian’s perspective, but I guess we’ve already seen… we’ve done those films, the same story, so they won’t do that again.”
What he’s saying makes sense, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t a little sad to see the end come for Fifty Shades (and, specifically, Dornan as Christian Grey). Still, we’re sure both Dornan and Johnson will move on to bigger and better things, and we can’t wait to see what those are.