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Published: Fri, March 14, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Harden discusses ‘Fifty Shades’ star

NEW YORK

Since being cast in the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Jamie Dornan, who plays the S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey, has largely stayed out of the public eye.

Aside from being spotted on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, while filming the movie, the 31-year-old Dornan hasn’t walked any red carpets or really talked about the role.

He did tweet on Jan. 1 from his official account, “looking forward to 2015,” which hinted at the film’s scheduled release next February. (That tweet was retweeted more than 5,000 times.)

This aura of mystery surrounding Dornan is a good thing, says Marcia Gay Harden, who plays his character’s mother in the film.

“I think the point is to have somebody mysterious, because if you have somebody with too much pedigree to them ... you can’t stop thinking about the pedigree. You just can’t. It’s almost impossible in a film to do that. ... I think that would be very hard to do for that role, so I think it’s good that he’s a bit of a mystery.”

Dornan had a recurring role on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and starred in the Irish TV drama series “The Fall” as a serial killer who targets women. The show was renewed for a second season.

As for playing the mom of such a sexually charged character, the 54-year-old Harden says her scenes were more PG-rated.

Voice-over legend Douglas dies at 89

LOVETTSVILLE, Va.

Legendary voice-over artist Hal Douglas, whose sonorous delivery starred in trailers for thousands of movies and documentaries, has died, his family said Thursday.

Douglas, who was 89, died March 7 at his home in northern Virginia with his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Sarah, at his side, the family said in a written statement. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010.

Though Douglas probably could walk down any street in the U.S. unrecognized, his voice was unmistakably a star. He was among the top voice-over artists of a generation, creating a career based on a rich baritone speaking voice that ranged from biblically epic to theatrically cheesy.

His work on trailers was eclectic, ranging from the somber “Philadelphia” to the comedic, including “Meet the Parents.”

Douglas riffed on his aural celebrity — and made a rare on-camera appearance — in the trailer for the Jerry Seinfeld documentary “Comedian.” In the 2002 film, he takes his place in a recording booth and launches into a trademark trailer opening, “In a world where ...” — only to be cut short repeatedly by a director.

Associated Press


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