EL James on Fifty Shades of Grey Research: Brutal!

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It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it, and Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James said she did exhaustive "research" for the best-selling erotic novel in which many of her own sexual fantasies actually appear on paper.

"It was a very considered study," James joked the explicit sex in her books during the latest stop on her book tour. "My husband still rolls his eyes and says 'God, what do we gotta do now?' He was very cooperative."

50 Shades of Grey Cover

"Fundamentally for me it's still a love story," she notes. "I think women love to read love stories. People concentrating on the sex ... I can say over and over again I cannot own people's reaction to this story."

"If they want to concentrate on the sex ... it's their issue, not my issue.

As for the banter between Christian and Anastasia Steele? "That's actually how I write my emails … I am a terrible flirt. I have a lot of fun with those."

With a multi-million dollar book deal and now a Fifty Shades of Grey movie in the works, James won't spill on who should play Christian Grey on film.

"I'm so not telling you," she teased. "It's really, really early days in the film process. I'm keeping my mouth shut because I will get into trouble."

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Tyler Hoechlin should play Christian! He has a dark exterior, and a fit body. He knows how to be extremely sexy and charming, too!!


Scott Speedman is so the man to take on Christian Grey!


it has to be Tyler Hoechlin!! he has it all


it has to be tyler hoechiln!!!


Cam Gigandet Should play Fifty! He's perfect for the role and it is who I think of, watch the movie Berlesque and see if you don't think the same thing!


I sooo think Matt bomer should play Christian grey he is the imagine I see when I read the books!


Channing tatum is my ideal mr grey!


Absolutely should be CAM GIGANDET!!! He fits the look perfectly, and awefully sexy!!




I can't pass an AUDI anymore without thinking of 50 Shades! God help me!!!! LOL!