Image: via Vanity Fair
Image: via Vanity Fair

When author E.L. James published her tale of the torrid affair between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, it became a worldwide phenomenon. The trilogy thrust (pardon the pun) the BDSM lifestyle into the mainstream, and fans went bananas over all three books. And they were even more delighted when Fifty Shades of Grey made it to the silver screen, with Dakota Fanning and Jamie Dornan cast as the story’s love interests.

But what was it like to make such an explicitly racy film? Well, take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most scandalous stories surrounding this tantalizing tale.

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Image: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

20. There was an auction for the film rights

Author E.L. James was quite savvy with the film rights to Fifty Shades of Grey. She waited until the book was a massive hit, then auctioned the film rights off to the highest bidder. Universal and Focus Features came out on top, mainly because they promised James they would honor her original story.

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Image: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

19. E.L. James had a crazy amount of artistic control

The author also had a say in almost everything in the film – from the dialogue down to the very clothes the characters wore. So even though James had zero film experience, she had tremendous creative control, which is quite unusual in the movie biz.

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