"The funny thing is, pretty much everything you find in the red room, you've used a version of, but not for the same effect," the Fifty Shades Darker actor, 34, explains on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday. "Like, it's more for riding a horse or something. Or doing up a bag that's particularly full and if you're using a buckle. That kind of thing. You have the skillset and you kind of surprise yourself. Most of it—I have to admit—I was very green about all that stuff."
Dornan didn't take any of the toys home to Amelia Warner, his wife of three years, after production ended. "I don't think she wants a used prop," he says with a laugh. And if she's into BDSM, he tells Ellen DeGeneres, "She hasn't told me, so I'm in the dark."
Universal Pictures' Fifty Shades Darker (in theaters Feb. 10) picks up less than a week after the events of the 2015 blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey. "Christian, he can't foresee his life without Ana [Dakota Johnson], and he's going to do anything to get her back. She wants him to make massive changes, because obviously, he has a few flaws," Dornan says of his character. "There are some things about the way he treats her that she really isn't that into. He makes big sacrifices for her and compromises in the second movie, because he just knows he needs her."
The brooding billionaire businessman shows his "softer side" while wooing Ana. "We see him smile a lot more in the second movie. There are a few lighter moments. Dakota, in the first movie, she gets all the gags—and I'm pretty serious," he says. "It's a bit more evenly spread."
At one point, DeGeneres asks Dornan if he was required to wax his body before stripping on camera, as tWitch did for Magic Mike XXL. "I'm not a particularly hirsute person, really," the blushing actor says. "I know I have a very hirsute face, but I'm not very hairy. I'm not like a—"
"You're not like a Ken doll," DeGeneres says. "I don't know what you were going to say.
"That's better than what I was thinking up in my head," he says. "I don't think it's for daytime."
Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed were filmed back-to-back, with the third installment in the trilogy hitting theaters on Feb. 9, 2018. DeGeneres devises an idea for a fourth film and asks Dornan to act out a scene for her spoof, Fifty Shades Darkest.
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Ellen DeGeneres Seduces Jamie Dornan with Office Supplies in Their Hilarious Fifty Shades Spoof
Ellen DeGeneres knows how to turn sexy into silly — just trade the toys Jamie Dornan‘s Fifty Shades of Grey character uses in the bedroom for Scotch tape and staplers.
Although the sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed were filmed back-to-back, DeGeneres presented an idea for a fourth movie — entitled Fifty Shades Darkest — and used the series’ leading man to act out a scene for the parody when he visited her show.
Donning a wig to cover his newly shaved head, Dornan is relaxing on a bed when the talk-show host enters the room dressed as a seductive Staples worker, complete with fake breasts.
“I assume you like a girl in a uniform,” she said.
DeGeneres then takes out her bag of tricks, attempting to tantalize Dornan with a staple remover. However, he’s not feeling it.
“You know, I’m not really into that,” the 34-year-old actor says. “I don’t really think anybody’s into that.”
When DeGeneres pulls out a stapler, Dornan is much more receptive, allowing the TV personality to restrain him to the headboard using Scotch tape.
Although Christian Grey would probably find a way to use a stapler in the bedroom, Dornan admits that he’s much less experienced than his character.
“The funny thing is, pretty much everything you find in the red room, you’ve used a version of, but not for the same effect,” he explained. “Like, it’s more for riding a horse or something. Or doing up a bag that’s particularly full and if you’re using a buckle. That kind of thing. You have the skill set and you kind of surprise yourself. Most of it — I have to admit — I was very green about all that stuff.”
The actor also passed on taking any of the toys home to his wife, Amelia Warner.
“I don’t think she wants a used prop,” he said.
Fifty Shades Darker hits theaters Feb. 10.