Ryan Gosling’s (The Gangster Squad) march to play the role of sexually dominant business tycoon Christian Grey, in the much hyped and anticipated upcoming film version of E.L. James’ controversial sex novel Fifty Shades of Grey, has just hit a roadblock.
Christian Grey’s first “picture” has been revealed by Dr. Faye Skelton, from the University of Central Lancashire, who created it using the same image-generating software cops use to make suspects’ criminal sketches.
The image was based on the composite descriptions of 12 women who claim to be rabid fans of the "mommy porn" book, and who gave their own personal descriptions (the way they imagine E.L. James’ fictional character looks like) to a local radio station. And the final result doesn’t resemble Ryan Gosling at all.
According to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, in order to achieve the “stunning mix of rugged, handsome manliness” and “the perfectly chiseled combination of power, sex appeal, and deviance,” Dr. Skelton synthesized the most attractive features of a bunch of good looking male celebrities (namely, Patrick Dempsey's eyes, Brad Pitt's jaw line and David Beckham's face shape). The result is someone who kind of resembles Val Kilmer!
And Dr. Skelton even released a statement regarding his already controversial creation. "I think he's quite handsome, although everyone's interpretation will be different," the Dr. said in a position that is at odds with many female admirers – and Perez Hilton himself, who claims the computer-generated rendition doesn’t “invite submission” nor “inspire [the] erotic corners of the imagination.”
The rights of Fifty Shades of Grey the movie were bid for by movie giants such as Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Paramount, Universal Pictures, and Mark Wahlberg's production company -- in early 2012. The Social Network producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti signed on to produce the film, having been hand-picked by E. L. James, while American Psycho writer Bret Easton Ellis has publicly expressed his desire to write the screenplay. Angelina Jolie has been mentioned as a potential director and, besides Golsing, other actors such as Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) and Matt Bommer (White Collar) have been mentioned as potential Christian Greys.