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Jamie Dornan Admits One 50 Shades Sex Toy Refused To Work

They say you should never work with animals or kids but, according to Jamie Dornan, actors should probably add ridiculous sex toys to that list, too.

The Fifty Shades hero was chatting to PEOPLE about the sometimes hot, sometimes not, accessories used in the movie's many steamy sex scenes when he admitted that one toy in particular, the "spreader bar", was more than a little reluctant to, er, perform.

"The spreader bar, they made that," Jamie, who plays Christian Grey, explained. "They were actually really struggling to get their hands on that.

"It didn't work a couple of times and held us back a little bit. It didn't quite achieve what we wanted it to achieve, but when it mattered it worked, so it was all good."


The scene involving the spreader bar - which, it turns out, was a total figment of Fifty Shades author E.L. James' imagination - sees Jamie flipping co-star Dakota Johnson over with it and actually came with a whole other set of obstacles.

"Dakota is a snorter, she does that all the time," Jamie said of trying to film the giggle-inducing scene. "You know you've really got her when she snorts, when she's laughing so much that she starts snorting.

"And then her snorting makes her laugh even more, so then you've got to let her bloody [go on], just leave her to it.

"She laughs, then she's crying, make-up has to come in and re-do the mascara or whatever it is."


But, he says, that made it just that easier to film.

"We had a lot of fun on this job and made each other laugh a lot," Jamie continued. "But that's what work should be like I think, especially the more tense the scene is, the more I think we should be laughing."

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