Author E.L. James Dishes on Ryan Gosling ‘Fifty Shades’ Casting Rumors! [AUDO]
The woman who has forever changed the lives of so many people, author E.L. James stopped by the “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest” studio on Friday to chat about the “Fifty Shades” books, her husband’s reaction, the success, and clears up rumors about who she wants to play the lead in the movie!
Does E.L. Want Ryan Gosling to Play Christian Grey?
“No, that’s completely misreported,” she says. There were reports that her husband had spilled the beans on her dream casting choice. “What happened is that his local paper, he’s from Northern Ireland, there’s a newspaper there called the Belfast Telegraph that reported on my husband being the inspiration for Christian Grey. Underneath it they put a picture of Ryan Gosling, as well. So, that’s how that came about,” E.L. says. So, does she have anyone specific in mind for the role? “”Maybe. I’m not going to tell you.”
Why Did She Write The Book?
“I wrote it for me, really,” the author says. “I just felt that it just sort of tumbled out of me. So, I just wanted to write it.” Was there extensive personal research or was it more fantasy? “I think it’s little bit of both actually.” The author joked that she has been married for “four hundred and twelve years” and mentioned that her husband actually helped edit the book. So, how did her husband react when he first read it? “He just said, ‘Oh, this is hot. Oh, this will get them going.’ That’s the kind of thing he used to say.”
On The Success of The Books:
“I’m completely shocked by it. I wasn’t prepared for all of this. I was going to write the books on the side and carry on working and doing all of that. I used to work in TV. It was fun…so this whole roller coaster has been utterly mind-blowing, really,” she explains. So, when did she quit her TV job? “I quit in January, just before we came to New York for the launch of ‘Fifty Shades Freed.’ I quit on the Tuesday and I flew to New York on the Wednesday.”
Is The Book More For Men or Women?
“I’ve received heartfelt thanks from men and women,” she says. “It seems to me that a lot of women like their partners to read it, and a lot of men are reading it now.”
You can see E.L. James at the Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles tonight at 7pm for her book signing.