Chad and I have chatted on and off for years. One of the things I like about him is that he comes up with different, well thought out idea. So even if I don’t agree with him (and he has been known to be a bit controversial), I appreciate the thought that goes into them and that they can get me thinking in a different way.
What is your name?
My name is Chad. For those who don’t know, I am (in fact) a man. Lol. When I started the account, I always wanted to keep my anonymity because I wanted all the focus to be on the movie and not me as a person or a blogger.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Jacksonville, FL. I’ve also lived many years in Alabama and currently live in Mississippi. I’ve lived the majority of my life in Florida.
How did you come to read Fifty Shades of Grey?
Like most people, I think, I came to it after it had attained its “phenomenon” status. It finally got the the point that my wife and I decided that we needed to find out what the buzz was all about. I remember going into the local Books A Million and the display even had a sign that said, “Yes, this is THE BOOK everyone is talking about.”
Did you read an actual book or an ebook?
We started with an actual book. Then when my wife got tired of me not being able to keep up with her, so she bought a copy for herself too. Lol.
We are also big fans of audiobooks, so we also have the entire series on audiobook and absolutely love Becca Battoe’s narration of them!
How many times have you read the series?
I’ve read the series twice. My wife, I believe, read it five times.
Which is your favorite book in the series?
Fifty Shades Darker. Hands down.
It’s so rich in its detail of the tragic character that Christian is. You also have the introduction of Elena and Leila, two great characters. Jack is fleshed out and provides so much drama for the character of Christian. They all do. Just so well written. The story is so much better than the other two.
What is your favorite scene in the series?
Wow… that’s tough… lets examine each book…
Fifty Shades of Grey
I always come back to the interview. Such a great scene. There’s so much going on. And when you read it for the first time, your imagination takes over because you don’t exactly know what’s coming. Then when you’ve read the book, it still provides so much context and is so great.
You have so many great lines. I enjoy control in all things. Very varied. What do you do to chill out. Are you gay. It’s so enjoyable to read (or listen to) every time. Then when you know the whole series, you see how much insight it provides into the character of Christian.
So good… which is why it was one of my most disappointing moments in the movie.
Then for purely person reasons, when Grace interrupts Christian and Ana. Lol. Makes my wife and I laugh every time. Lol.
Fifty Shades Darker
How can you choose?
There’s the scene where Leila is watching over Ana as she sleeps. The confrontation between Jack and Christian. Ana seeing the real dominant that Christian is to Leila. Grace laying into Elena when she finally knows the truth. The closing monologue by Jack which reads like a Dexter voiceover.
So hard to choose.
Fifty Shades Freed
It’s been a while since I’ve read Freed and I honestly can’t remember any scenes that stick out to me the way they do for FSOG and Darker.
What is your favorite scene from Christian’s POV in Grey?
I, sadly, haven’t had time to get all the way through Grey. My wife has. From what I was able to get to, it’s not a scene so much as it is an aspect of the book.
I really enjoy the interactions between Christian and Elliot. They’re really funny and really enjoyable. Those are the ones that stick out to me… without reading the whole book.
Outside of Fifty Shades of Grey, what is your favorite book, series or author?
If I had to choose, I would probable say the Harry Potter series. SO GOOD! Each book gets progressively better. It’s simply phenomenal. My favorite book of the series is, without a doubt, Half-Blood Prince.
I love Lisa Renee Jones. Would probably say she’s my favorite author right now. Her Inside Out series with Chris and Sara is amazing. In a lot of ways, I actually like this series more than Fifty. By Freed, I was so tired of sex scenes I skipped them completely. In the Inside Out series, there’s more mystery to it. There’s more sex as the series goes on, but they are just so well written, I absolutely love them!
I’ve read all the Twilight books. Unlike the Harry Potter series, I felt the Twilight books got progressively worse. Twilight was great. Bella was such a BITCH in New Moon and Eclipse it was hard for me to enjoy them. The plot to Breaking Dawn was such bullshit to me.
Vampires are the living dead, the undead. They don’t breathe. They don’t eat. Yet, we’re supposed to believe Edward has organic living material in him that would allow him to reproduce with a human. In the Blade series, vampires were “born” so if you setup your universe that way, then fine.
Then the whole Jacob imprinting on the baby. WTF. She missed such a great opportunity for him to imprint on Leah. With Jacob not being able to be with Bella, it would’ve been so much better than the baby imprinting BS.
I’ve only read one Anne Rice novel, sadly, but it’s such a GREAT book. Belinda by Anne Rice is one of my favorite novels. It’s her Lolita story and it is SO GOOD!!! I highly recommend it to Fifty fans.
On an interesting side note…
I actually approached Anne and had several emails between us discussing the possibility of me acquiring the rights to Belinda and writing the screenplay. Since I’m an absolute nobody with no financial backing or history, she was understandably hesitant. I even reached out to Brad Pitt’s representation to see if he would want to produce it and possibly star in it, but they didn’t want anything to do with it or me for the same reasons.
So, Michael De Luca & Dana Brunetti, if you’d like to acquire the rights to one 30 year old novel, from one of the most famous female authors ever, that could be turned into 3 movies, Anne Rice would listen because she still would love for a Belinda movie to be made. And better sooner than later because there’s a time clock to cast 19 year old Abigail Breslin as the 16 year old heroine!
Also, my wife is a really big fan of Abbi Glines. She absolutely LOVES the Rosemary Beach series!!!
If you were to meet E L James today, what 2 questions would you ask her?
With hindsight being 20/20, knowing the challenges that the first movie provided, and with everyone being so focused on getting a “female” for everything…
1. Would you have rather written the screenplay yourself or as a team with Niall instead of trying to find a “woman” to write the script?
2. Would you have rather tried to focus on finding the best “person” to direct the movie (be it man or woman) instead of just trying to find a “woman” to direct?
On a side note…
I did Top 5s for all the principle actors. I also did a Top 5 for my choice of directors. I knew some would’ve been long shots, but 2 of the 5 were women.
Have you had any unique experiences because of your love of Fifty Shades of Grey?
Sadly I haven’t had as unique of experiences as some have. I didn’t go see the premiere. I haven’t met anyone on Team Fifty. So my unique experiences were being a part of Lori Ness’s radio program when Charlie Hunnam and Dakota were announced as cast and this interview. My friends at @FiftyShadesFilm were gracious enough to post my screenplay adaptation of Chapter 1 of Fifty Shades of Grey on their site, that was cool.
What was your favorite scene in Fifty Shades of Grey The Movie?
I wrote about this in my movie review too. I absolutely loved the boardroom scene when they were going over the contract. Loved the interaction between the actors. Loved how it was shot. Though not totally accurate to the book, it was my favorite scene to watch.
What is your favorite casting decision in Fifty Shades of Grey The Movie?
My favorite casting decision also led to one of my disappointments, oddly enough. When Marcia Gay Harden was cast as Grace, I was so excited. MGH is a great actor, totally fit the part and I was looking forward to seeing her as Grace. Then I saw the movie…
I thought she was so snooty and snobby as Grace, it really turned me off on the character of Grace, whom I loved in the books. I don’t know if it was MGH’s or Sam T-J’s decision to take the character there but I thought it was totally wrong. That’s why Diane Lane was my first choice to play Grace, I thought she had all the qualities I read in Grace from the book. I had no doubt that MGH would play those qualities but the movie was totally different from what I read in the book.
What scene are you most looking forward to in Fifty Shades Darker The Movie?
Oh wow… just go back to my favorite scenes from the book…
I can’t wait to see how James Foley handles the Leila watching over Ana scene. “You look like me.” I can’t wait to see how that plays.
I can’t wait to see Christian go full Dom on Leila and see how Ana reacts to that.
I can’t wait to see Grace tear into Elena when she hears the truth.
I hope, not sure if it’ll happen, I hope to see the ending of the book play out like a Dexter monolouge. My wife and I were watching Dexter a lot while we were reading the books so our first inclination of Jack was Michael C Hall of Dexter. The ending of Darker cemented that because of how it read. I could hear the eerie music play as the actor reads the voice over for those passages. Chilling.
Who would you most like to see play Jack, Elena, and Leila in Darker?
Some of my suggestions have changed since I did my Top 5s for FSOG, thinking they would be in the movie since they were in the book. I’ve chosen not to do Top 5s this time around, but I do have some preferences…
My original Top 5 for Elena had Jeri Ryan as my number 1. At the time I thought she had all the qualities you’d want for Elena and, as an actor, be more apt to do it than some others.
My preference now is Charlize Theron. I think she’s a must to get to play Elena. It’s my person opinion that the first movie was horribly cast. I think casting someone like Charlize would help in upgrading the cast and help make the best book in the series a better movie than FSOG.
I also think Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, Once Upon A Time) could be a very good Elena as well.
My craziest idea for Elena, being that she’s the opposite of the crack whore and this would further cement that analogy, is Halle Berry. Everything I said about Charlize can be said about Halle. She’s been blonde before too. It’s crazy, but could be crazy good too.
As stated above, when reading Darker I thought Michael C Hall from Dexter would’ve been an excellent Jack. I’ve since changed my mind…
After seeing some of what Sam Heughan (Outlander) is capable of, I think he has the acting ability needed to portray Jack and would look really good in the role.
I sincerely hope they give Sarah Butler a chance to read for Leila. When you watch her in I Spit On Your Grave, you will see a fearless actor and someone who can get to the depths that are needed for the character of Leila. When I read Leila and see the vision in my head how the actor needs to portray her, I see Sarah Butler in I Spit On Your Grave. Plus, given her uncanny likeness and stature to Dakota Johnson, I simply can’t get her out of my mind as Leila.
You didn’t ask about Dr. Flynn or Ethan, so I’ll throw them in for good measure…
I really love Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Titus, August Rush, The Tudors) for Dr. Flynn.
I really like Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars) for Ethan.
Where can people find you on the web?
The only place to find me is on Twitter: @50ShadesCasting
If you care to read my full review of Fifty Shades of Grey, you can get that on my blog: