Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of Fifty Shade Darker, hasn’t always been very open and truthful about her on-set relationship with books’s author E.L James, or her experiences making the first film. She’s been quite reticent and when open, explicit that her involvement on Fifty Shades Darker was positive and that she doesn’t regret the experience at all.

In a conversation with The Sunday Times, Taylor-Johnson now admits that she went through a hard time while working on Grey, especially with her constant back-and-forth with James about the film’s creative direction. She even adds that if given the opportunity again, she would simply turn it down:

“With the benefit of hindsight would I go through it again? Of course I wouldn’t. I’d be mad. It was a struggle and there were lots of onset tête-à-têtes, with me trying to bat it into the [right] place. I like everyone — and I get really confused when they don’t like me. I was so confused by E.L. James. I don’t understand when I can’t navigate a person, when there’s no synergy.”

 Taylor-Johnson continued on this topic in a separate interview with THR:

“Two different creative visions. Her vision versus mine, and they were polar opposite. Every scene was fought over. It was tough. It was like wading uphill through sticky tar. Her thing was, ‘This is what the fans expect.’ I’d be like, ‘Well, let’s try and hit those marks but create a new universe at the same time.’ “

My take: don’t complain, lady. You got to make soft-core pornography. You made millions of dollars. And for what? A film that was little more than a story about two desperate sad, lonely people fucking it up every night in the most kinky ways possible? Not to mention you were celebrated as a woman making it the hard way in a man’s world. much like Patty Jenkins, although she did it without the sex. So stop complaining. Life is hard. Anything worthwhile doing is hard. Stop whining just sop Screenrant has cheap copy.