Italian businessman Alessandro Proto claims he is the inspiration behind Christian Grey, the male lead in E.L. James' trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey.

Proto met the British author in 2010 when James was touring Italy writing about international celebrities snapping up properties in the country.

Jamie Dornan is going all out in the role of Christian Grey. The 31-year-old Fifty Shades of Grey star will go full-frontal for the film, according to reports.

E.L. James' novel was already the most uncomfortable thing you've ever had to discuss with your mom. Now the movie is ready to up the awkwardness tenfold.

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