Jamie Dornan scared that ‘mad fans’ will murder him ‘like John Lennon’
Actor Jamie Dornan is worried that crazed Fifty Shades of Grey fans will turn on him if he does not do the Christian Grey character justice.
"I almost don't want to put this out there into the ether, but I fear I'll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere,” he said as he revealed his utmost fear to Details magazine.
"Because a lot of people are very angry that I'm playing this character. And I'm a father now, and a husband. I don't want to die yet.”
"And when I do get murdered, people will say, 'God, isn't it haunting how he did that interview in Details magazine and predicted his own death on the red carpet,” he joked.
The actor has been tasked with the monumental role of Christian Grey in the novel turned global phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey, but not all of the trilogy’s die hard fans were happy with his casting.
Dornan was never a shoe-on for the role, which many hoped would go to a leading American actor such as Ryan Gosling or Ryan Reynolds.
Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam was initially confirmed as the leading man, much to the audible dismay of fans.
When he announced he was dropping out due to scheduling conflicts, Dornan went through the rigmarole of more auditions and screen tests before claiming the role mere weeks before shooting began.
The Belfast native laughed off the suggestion that he is now an ‘international sex symbol’.
"What does that even mean? There are so f***ing many young actors in that bracket now that it's a bit of a hollow crown. You'd be hard-pressed to find an actor who isn't a sex symbol somewhere."
The dad-of-one also confessed that he had never read the best selling BDSM books by novelist E. L James until he learned that he had got the part, "I'm one of those snobby pr*cks who never reads anything that's hugely popular, but I was acutely aware of the book. How could you not be?"
The 32-year-old has signed up for the two sequels - Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed - should the big screen versions be comissioned.
The former fashion model - he posed for Calvin Klein and Armani - landed his first film role in Marie Antoinette alongside Kirsten Dunst.
It took several more years of failed auditions and grafting before he gained the lead part in The Fall, and it was his turn as serial killer Paul Spector that earned him household name status.
The Irish actor will present an award at the star studded Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday evening.