‘Fifty Shades’ Star On His Friendship With Robert Pattinson

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Calling all “Twilight” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans: Christian Grey has had dinner with Edward Cullen.

Jamie Dornan, who headlines the upcoming Focus Features adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel, opened up to Variety about spending some time with Robert Pattinson.

They became friends after Dornan filmed “Fifty Shades” last year, a role that Pattinson reportedly turned down. Pattinson’s performance as Edward in the “Twilight” films helped inspire James to write “Fifty Shades,” which has sold 100 million copies worldwide.

“I’ve been around Rob long enough to see what it’s been like for him,” Dornan says in the cover story from this week’s issue of Variety. “I don’t know if it’s been a benefit to witness that. Whatever that is.”

Dornan then added: “By the way, it’s not the same thing. We’re not the ‘Twilight’ franchise. We’re a different thing. Whatever my situation is, it’s going to be different from Rob’s. They are incomparable.”

What did Dornan and Pattinson talk about? “I don’t remember what we talked about the last time I saw him,” Dornan says. “I think we just got drunk.”

Even though “Fifty Shades” won’t open until Valentine’s Day weekend, Dornan’s already noticed a spotlight on his personal life. The paparazzi has been trailing him around in London, where he lives with his wife Amelia Warner and 1-year-old daughter.

“In London, they follow you around and you try to lose them, which is not a comfortable thing if you have a baby in the back of your car,” Dornan says. “If I have a bike and I’m by myself, I can lose them, especially if they are on foot or on a moped.”

Dornan spent Golden Globes weekend in Los Angeles, where he met some of his new admirers. “I’m astonished at how many people are telling me my life is going to change,” he says. “Everyone that I meet, especially in L.A. People who run studios or other actors or people who are strangers. Everyone has been saying that to me, ‘Are you ready?’ I don’t have a good answer to that, because I don’t know what I’m meant to be ready for. Whatever happens, happens. I’ll just roll with the punches.”

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  1. mary says:

    they did not become friends after the filming of Jamie’s movie Variety, they’ve been friends for at least a decade

    • @Mary says:

      I dont think they have seen each other since 09 , or we would have seen them together, think its wrong he didnt bother to explain properly
      very odd variety are claiming met after, but they are ran by thew same people as hollywoodlife,

  2. Ann says:

    Haven’t seen any movies with Dornan, haven’t seen any interviews with him either so I can’t say if he is a better actor or has more charisma…it is hard for me to believe, because interviews with Pattinson are pretty great and I think he is quite sexy in Cosmopolis. For me Dornan is bland and just…meh, absolutely no interest in him. Ladies will see that ridiculous movie that is basically Twilight for unsatisfied women and will just treat Dornan like a piece of meat, doesn’t matter if he is a good actor or not. Doesn’t really matter if it is Jamie or not – that’s quite sad.

  3. Lulu says:

    Rob and Jamie have been friends for years. If you Google ‘Jamie and Kristen Stewart’ you will see a photo of Jamie, Kristen, Rob, and Jamie Strachan with others hanging out together at the Isle of Wight during New Years. Rob and Kristen went there with his friends for several holidays.

    It’s a group of British actors and singers that Rob grew up with that are close friends of his named the ‘Brit Pack’ which includes, Jamie, Rob, Andrew Garfield, Tom Sturridge, Marcus Foster who Kristen Stewart was in his music video, Sam Bradley who’s another singer along with Bobby Long and Eddie Redmayne who told Kristen about who Rob was when he was cast in Twilight because they starred together in The Yellow Handkerchief. I may be missing a couple but these guys are Rob’s friends.

    Your reporters need to get with the program and do some research.

  4. ? says:

    if Rob is being used to promote 50 he should be paid for it

  5. Mell says:

    I think he looks good, depends on the photo really, he’s almost 30 now so what do you expect? He played a teenager in Twilight, so of course he has aged, but he definitely doesn’t look like a “homeless person”, I think he was always a very normal guy and tried to diminish his good looks and be seen as more than just a pretty face. As to his new girlfriend… he always seemed to like things that are out-of-the-box. I don’t really understand, but that’s his life, if he wants to throw away his career, that’s his decision, it will suck, because he made quite a few interesting choices when it comes to movies recently and showed some serious acting chops, so I hope he will think about it and focus more on his career than his girl, but in the end that’s his decision to make.

  6. just me says:

    they all know each other, how freaking cool is that? :)

  7. Lori says:

    I think you guys should check your facts! Its well known that these two have been friends for years, way before Dornan had anything to do with 50 Shades. Hopefully your printed publication has better editors…

  8. Tim C says:

    Some guys just can’t pull off a beard and look especially awful in unkempt ones. The above is 2 examples.

  9. Taylor says:

    Rob and Jamie have been friends for years. There are pics of them in the UK going back as far as 2010. There’s a whole group, nicknamed the Brit pack, who hung out in London and spent the New Year’s eve holiday on the Isle of Wight as an annual tradition.

    Revolving around Pattinson and Tom Sturridge, the group includes Andrew Garfield, Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Flynn, Jamie Strachan, Matthew Goode and various musicians. They’ve always been supportive of each others careers.

  10. Tee says:

    Actually, they’ve known each other for years. There are pics of them together from about four or five years ago.

    • @Taylor says:

      Eddie is not friends with Rob, he just mentioned him in an interview , theyre both brits thats it
      eddie is 4yrs older than Rob ,
      Eddie was 25yr when he made yellow hankerchief with kristen S , just turned 17yr
      Jamie is just using his name aswell, they were pictured together in isle of white , kristen went there 09/2010 Rob had been going there for years with his friends, he hasnt been there since 2010, probably hasnt spoken to JM since
      Variety why are you claiming they met after he did 50?
      I think JM is an idiot, he uses Robs name for attention, then on other interviews implies theyre best mates and gone out for dinner together and not explaining , group of them, also stirring up drink stories, “cant remember what we talked about we were drunk
      in 2010 they celebrated new year in isle of white so what if he drank

  11. Michelle says:

    I’m pretty sure that Pattinson and Dornan were friends well before Dornan was cast in Fifty Shades of Grey, just as a point of information.

    • ? says:

      I ‘ve just realised why they are saying, “met after” or it would be obvious how weird it is
      claiming hes friends with Rob but then chose to star in a film based on a fantasy about Rob
      original 50 was M.O.T.U twi fiction, like most twi fiction Bella is more of a non person, focused on Edward, she used Robs photoshoot picture when she started the story, not Edw or Edw and Bella, like most of the twi stories, more of the more personal characteristics are Robs
      the original story, 50 was abused, cant trust people, cant relate emotionaly and uses S &M , also very controling, he meets Bella and learns to trust and love, and have a normal relationship
      from articles I’ve seen, they are a normal couple then start S&M which is not 50/MOTU just soft porn normalising S&M
      hes said in interviews its far more popular than he realised, this is not a good thing, that more and more people , stressed, mental health problems, need extreme to cope, cant relate or have normal intimacy with restraing and hitting someone, I dont care how normal or sexy they make it look in the film , thats what it is
      also weird that he has a little girl and wants to promote S&M, or that hes expecting the attention Rob had , but hes still doing it, youd think at 32yr hed be avoiding that sort of attention and intrusion if only for his families sake

  12. Cara says:

    They’ve known each other for years. There are pics of them going all the way back to 2009. It’s not recent.

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