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'Fifty Shades'' Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson on 'sexual acrobatics'

MoviesDakota JohnsonNatalie MoralesMelanie Griffith
'Fifty Shades of Grey' stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson explain 'sexual acrobatics' of the film
E.L. James promises the film of her first 'Fifty Shades' novel isn't 'particularly watered down'
Jamie Dornan was 'drawn to' Christian Grey 'because you feel that it relates to something within you'

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were slightly coy when they explained what went into filming their "Fifty Shades of Grey" sex scenes.

The actors, who make their breakout debut in the film adaptation of E.L. James' bestselling erotic trilogy, spoke during a Vancouver, Canada, set visit with Natalie Morales of the "Today" show, which premiered the NSFW first trailer of the highly anticipated film on Thursday morning 

By now, fans of the trilogy who've seen the trailer have revisited the lustiness they experienced while reading James' novels, which started off as "Twilight" fan fiction and has since been dubbed "mommy porn."

The steamy trailer ramped up the characters' chemistry, relived their tense first meeting, saw Dornan's Christian Grey take Johnson's Anastasia Steele in an elevator and directly alluded to Christian's erotic playroom (all while giving fans a generous helping of Christian's abs and piercing stare).

So what was it like filming those racy sex scenes?

"The reality of it is like [there's] a burly man you don't know very well 3 feet from your face," said Dornan, 32, a former Calvin Klein model who earned the nickname "golden torso." "Which isn't how you usually have sex — [not] me, anyway. I don't know." 

"I do, a lot," Johnson quipped.

"It's more about visually what our bodies look like and what we're doing," said the 24-year-old daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. "So it's more of like a dance. It's like acrobatics."

"Sexual acrobatics," Dornan offered.

Dornan, who has received praise for embodying the sexually charged billionaire after "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the role, said that he could see himself in Christian: "There's always something about any character that you play that you're drawn to because you feel that it relates to something within you."

There's been talk of "watering down" the book's raunchy narratives in order to achieve an R rating rather than an NC-17. Though James, who's been heavily involved in the film's production, didn't speak specifically about the rating, she did say this about those provocative liaisons: "It's happening."

"What I've seen hasn't been particularly watered down, so, um, yeah ... I thought it was interesting! So that's all I'll say about that," James added.

Meanwhile, Beyonce has recut her 2003 hit "Crazy in Love" for the film and teased to it on Monday, prior to the trailer's release.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" will hit theaters on Valentine's Day 2015. But we won't judge you if you watch the trailer over and over till then.

I think I'll see Mr. Grey now. Follow me on Twitter @NardineSaad.

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