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Jamie Dornan Responds to Rumors That Ian Somerhalder Is Replacing Him in 'Fifty Shades' Sequels

by Jackie Willis 10:40 AM PDT, November 04, 2016
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Jamie Dornan isn't going anywhere.

While on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Irish heartthrob was asked to answer to rumors that The Vampire Diaries star, Ian Somerhalder, would be replacing him as Christian Grey in the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey sequels.

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Shrugging it off, Dornan said he had not heard such rumblings. "That would be really hard for them to do, considering we shot both of the movies," he explained, pointing out that production on the sequels had wrapped in July. "That's an expensive mistake, I'll put it that way."

Not wanting to bash a fellow actor, Dornan said of Somerhalder, "But good luck to him. He'll be great!"

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The 34-year-old actor is currently promoting the return of his Netflix series, The Fall, but understands that his show has a very different fan base than Fifty Shades. "There's a sort of energy in the eyes of a Fifty Shades fan that the fans of The Fall just don't possess," he quipped. "It's like a hunger, and you can sort of see it and smell it. If it's in a pack, it's terrifying."

While the third season of The Fall started streaming last week, Fifty Shades Darker will not be hitting theaters until February 2017.

In an exclusive interview with ET, Dornan said he felt more comfortable shooting scenes for the erotic books-turned-movies the second time around. "There was a lot of pressure the first time. I think when you’re making the first film of any franchise there is a lot of pressure in terms of setting a tone and the way it’s shot and the way it’s played and finding your feet with it," he admitted. "This time I felt I had a lot more time on my hands. And the pressure seemed to be off a bit with every department because the first one made so much money. Everyone was in a better place about it. So it was definitely a better experience."

As for whether fans will be seeing more nudity from Dornan's character in the upcoming films, the actor joked, "The truth is that I don’t know the answer to that. You’ll have to wait and see."

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