What happened to Christian Grey?
The actress was spotted smooching a new man, Matthew Hitt, in New York City this week.
Johnson, 24, is back to blond and matches Hitt, a 26-year-old musician from Wales (he's in the band the Drowners). Hitt also has something other than Johnson in common with Christian Grey: He, like Jamie Dornan, is a model, and he's starred in campaigns for Gucci, All Saints and Band of Outsiders. For that reason alone Hitt's an upgrade from Masterson, who used nepotism (surely not great looks) to break into Hollywood for a few bit parts and reportedly tried pressuring Johnson to join the Church of Scientology. (Though when you think about it, if you take away the Scientologist part, they probably had a lot in common.)
Hopefully, Johnson's interactions with Hitt are less awkward and wooden (well, maybe not too less wooden, hey-o) than her secondhand-embarrassing moments with Dornan in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie trailer.
Still, despite the painful viewing, at least one person is stoked for the 50 Shades Of Grey film: Charlie Hunnam, who was once cast as Christian Grey before dropping out.
"I'm just really excited to see it. I was just really, really invested and wanted to work with (director) Sam (Taylor-Johnson) and play that character," he said to the Associated Press. "I'm really, really curious." Hunnam also denies that EL James' tomes (Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed) are "mommy porn," saying, "I think people really do that book a disservice when they reduce it to that type of talk. What (EL James) actually created is a really sophisticated dynamic and presented it in a package which was accessible to people who normally would be terrified of that subject … Actually what she did was pretty brilliant."
Yeah, but her writing, dude. Her writing. Chances are anyone who can sit through this movie or read through this trilogy is even more of a masochist than Christian Grey.