Gus Van Sant (Milk, Elephant, Good Will Hunting) wants to direct 50 Shades of Grey so badly that he shot his own little sex scene starring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) as Christian Grey. That’s Alex Pettyfer above, with Betty White.
TheWrap notes that,
Van Sant was not officially asked by the studio to shoot a test tape. But doing so may indicate how badly he wants the coveted assignment.
lol dude, go home. Some more info:
The scene, insiders said, is when the ingénue Anastasia Steele loses her virginity to Grey.[…]
Insiders stressed that Pettyfer was cast as Grey just for the tape, not the movie, though Universal just got into bed with the 23 year-old actor on its sexy remake of “Endless Love,” which he is currently shooting in Atlanta. TheWrap was unable to confirm the identity of the actress cast at Steele, the impressionable young woman who falls for kinky billionaire Grey.
Universal and Focus have declined to comment on any list stories, long or short, though a Universal spokesperson said that the studio isn’t out to directors or actors, nor have they commissioned any test reels. WME has also declined comment.
Okay, here is how I imagine this going.
EXECUTIVE #1: Did you just get this weird email from Gus Van Sant?
EXECUTIVE #2: Yeah. The one titled “Stripped of Virginity Scene”?
EXECUTIVE #1: That would be the one, yes.
EXECUTIVE #2: Did you click the link yet?
EXECUTIVE #1: Hell no, I’m not clicking some random link from Gus Van Sant.
As of now the only concerete 50 Shades “greenlit” projects are videos on the internet of popular celebrities reading excerpts, like Kate Moss to raise money for charity, or Gilbert Gottfried for…whatever reason he had at the time.