In a new interview with The Guardian, the 32-year-old Irish actor looks back on the characters he's played -- specifically Paul Spector, the psychopathic murderer in the BBC2 series The Fall, and of course, Christian Grey -- and admits it "worries" him.
"I consider myself quite light-hearted, pretty easy-going, and I keep playing sick psychopath bastards!" he says. "It kinda worries me sometimes how comfortable I am in that zone."
To this day, the handsome former Calvin Klein underwear model still can't believe he's in the much talked-about adaptation of E.L. James' bestselling erotic novel.
"There are times when I’ll be like: 'Huh, someone made a Fifty Shades movie, that's funny.' And then I’ll be like: 'Wait, I'm the guy?!'" he shares.
Clearly, Dornan isn’t immune to his critics.
"You know, I'm not naive as to why people would think it was a bad [career] choice, or why there is a snobbery about it," he acknowledges. "But I'm also not stupid, and I knew with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson], and [cinematographer] Seamus McGarvey, the film would be in safe hands. And, you know, it does no harm to be in a film that makes half a billion dollars."
As for rumors that he as well as Taylor-Johnson won't be involved in the film's sequels, he remains guarded.
"That was always the plan," he comments when asked about continuing to play the role of Christian. "The plan was always for her [Taylor-Johnson] to do them, so hopefully that will happen. But I don't think it's going to be imminent."
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