Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Talks Overwhelming Stress Of ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

The upcoming erotic film adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey is set to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, but Director Sam Taylor-Johnson says the stress of meeting those expectations has been like “walking a knife edge.”;

“I’m literally going out of my mind,”; she says in the March issue of Red. “I have seen this film over a thousand times and I’m now in a blancmange. But the nuances within – the tiniest shift, look, blink of an eye – can make all the difference and flip it into the wrong territory.”;

Taylor-Johnson recalls in hindsight what her life has been like since taking on the project, which is based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel: “The moment I stepped out of the meeting, I stepped onto one of those bullet trains. The doors closed and I couldn’t get off. The speed, the velocity, was unbelievable. I need to get off and breathe and think about something else.”;

The filmmaker admits that one of the biggest challenges was retaining her creative control of the film. “There are so many voices,”; she says. “You have to try and keep all those people at bay. You think, you hired me because I’m a creative artist with a vision. Don’t try and knock it out of me.”

But for a film that has such an enormous and passionate fan base already, Taylor-Johnson confirms she stayed true to the story, “I’ve practically eaten it. I have read it over and over.”;

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson and hits theatres on February 13.

Read the full interview in the March issue of Red, on sale January 29.

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