Will ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Bring About More Explicit Roles?

February 15, 2015

The much-anticipated film-adaptation of E.L. James’ book Fifty Shades of Grey cost $40 million to make, but is projected to bring in over $90 million within four days of its release in the U.S. market. In addition, the movie shattered the overseas’ record by raking in $158 million so far–that is, it ranked number one in 55 foreign markets marking it as the best opening R-rated movie of all time. “For perspective, 60 percent of the people who went to the movies around the world this weekend saw ‘Fifty Shades,'” Universal Pictures stated.

With the runaway success of both the erotic best seller and now the 50 Shades steamy film, will Hollywood respond by pushing more taboo, racier, and more overtly sexual content? And are you, as an actor, anticipating a need to adapt to this possible change of landscape in modern cinema? With a film seeing these record-breaking profits, it’s safe to say that roles for guys who look good in Ralph Lauren underwear, and gals who look good in next to nothing, may be on the rise.

It’s no secret that sex is a staple in the Hollywood moneymaking machine. And for good reason: films like Basic Instinct, Body Double, Body Heat, and Body of Evidence have made it clear audiences are fascinated with the human body–particularly, the female body. But that may be changing as women seem to be as enamored of Jamie Dornan’s ridiculously chiseled build as men are of the adorable Dakota Johnson’s alluring physique. Indeed, news outlets are reporting that the audience make up for the film so far has been dominated by females: 82% on the first night, and 68% on the evening of Valentine’s Day. And while 50 Shades of Grey is arguably no more risque than other movies that capitalized on our collective interest in beautiful people’s dangerous liaisons like 9 ½ Weeks, Eyes Wide Shut, and Boogie Nights, its enormous profits are sure to bring about more of its kind. Universal is almost sure to green light a sequel–or two.

Does all of this naughtiness have you running to the gym working with free weights and machines, then over to Pilates class for some needed sculpting, and on to hot yoga and afterwards, the juice bar? Or is this just another fad here today and gone tomorrow? And are you titillated by all these tight jeans and light paddling or is it all impossibly silly?

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