11/13/2013 AT 9:40 AM ET
Oh, the ties that bind.
Production is ramping up on the highly anticipated movie version of the erotic literary saga Fifty Shades of Grey, and now eager fans can get a glimpse of the two actors who’ll go toe-to-toe (or rather, bondage-to-bondage) as its sexy, hot-and-heavy leads: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the two stars get into character as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele – with the help of a poor, unassuming silk tie.
“There was a slight fear,” Dornan, 31, tells the magazine about taking on the role of the kinky lothario. “But beyond anything else, I was really f–––ing excited.”
Apparently, filming the saga’s steamy sex scenes don’t faze him one bit. “I’m a fairly worldly guy, says Dornan, who took over the role of Christian Grey after Charlie Hunnam dropped out in October. I grew up in a very liberal place. I m not saying we had a playroom, but I m not shocked by the sex in the book. It s essential to tell the story. I can t believe films that don t invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me.
For her part, Johnson, 24, was more concerned about making a splash au naturel.