The Jamie Dornan 'Fifty Shades Freed' Song Showcases A Surprising Side Of Christian Grey
Christian Grey has always been more than just a pretty face. And now, with Fifty Shades Freed (producer: E.L. James), he is officially more than just a billionaire with a red room of pain and a particular affinity for a good pair of jeans. In the new movie, fans could see a side of Christian they've never seen before, because the Jamie Dornan Fifty Shades Freed song is actually in the movie. With this film, fans might just get a glimpse at Christian Grey the singer.
In January, it was announced that Dornan, who has played Christian in all three films, will be featured on the highly anticipated Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. Dornan's name appeared on the official track list alongside singers like Julia Michaels, Hailee Steinfeld, and his co-star Rita Ora. Unfortunately, the song, a cover of "Maybe I'm Amazed," is credited as a bonus track on the album, meaning it might not be available to purchase and download on its own. But hey, you never know — it seems unlikely that the producers wouldn't keep Dornan's must-hear song away from the masses for long.
At first, it seemed like maybe Dornan had recorded the track as separate from his performance in the film. But now, it looks like the actor's Fifty Shades Freed song is actually in the movie, as sung by Christian Grey himself. Yes, in addition to his chiseled jaw and six pack abs, Mr. Grey also apparently has the voice of an angel.
Fifty Shades Freed director James Foley was inspired to have Dornan perform a song in the movie after hearing him sing on set of Fifty Shades Darker. "He is an incredibly good singer — he sang a lot on set," Foley told the Mirror. Dornan's habit of singing in between takes was already well-known. Marcia Gay Harden, who plays his mother in the film, previously revealed during an appearance on Entertainment Weekly Radio's TV Editors Hour that her on-screen son was known to break out into a Rita Ora song now and again. Dornan was so good, it seems, that Foley decided it was time to take his talent to the big screen.
Christian sings about one minute of "Maybe I'm Amazed" in the film. Though it's unclear when and under what circumstances, the best guess would be that he performs it for Anastasia in their home. "I do sing... in the script he sings and he sings a Paul McCartney song, and I sang it on the day," Dornan said on ITV's Lorraine. The actor was careful not to reveal any major details of the scene in question, but he did confirm that he performed at the piano (Christian plays, Dornan does not), on location in Sarah MacLachlan's house. In fact, MacLachlan was generous enough to perform for the cast and crew right before he had to film his song.
"She finished, and everyone was like crying, and then they were like, 'OK, Jamie, we're ready for you now,'" Dornan recalled. "And I was like, 'Can everyone leave?' Like, I cannot bear trying to follow that." In the interview, Dornan admitted that he still hasn't listened to his recording of the song, as plans to record a longer version for the soundtrack were scrapped. (As it stands now, the song is listed as barely over one minute long.)
As for his co-star, Dakota Johnson, she told Entertainment Tonight that Dornan was so good, "he could be in a boy band if he wanted to, which I think he may have been." In fact Dornan, who was also a successful model prior to breaking into acting, has dabbled in music. He sang in the folk group Sons of Jim for years before they broke up in 2008. Dornan's rockstar days are, for now, behind him, but fans can still listen to his music. Sons of Jim has two songs currently available for purchase on Amazon, and their "My Burning Sun" video is all over YouTube.
It's a shame Fifty Shades Freed is the final Fifty Shades movies. Who knows what other hidden talents Christian Grey has left?