‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Author E L James Swears She’s ‘Not Such a Pervert’

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She may have written an erotic best-seller, but Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James wants to make sure the world knows that she’s “not such a pervert.”

“The books are my fantasy,” she told E! News. “I wrote them for me, really, and the wonderful thing about doing this is they seem to be other peoples’ fantasies, so I’m not such a pervert.”

However, there was one subject that made the former housewife stay mum.

What was the out of bounds topic?

When asked about the BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism) lifestyle she explored in her trilogy, James politely declined to talk about the controversial subject. “I don’t want to comment on that.”

The author also couldn’t comment on the actors on her shortlist to play lovers Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the film adaptation of the book. “It gets messy,” she said. “You might end up with somebody else [other than who I suggested].”

However, that hasn’t stopped a number of famous faces from being attached to the project. E.L. James’ husband recently told the UK’s Now magazine the “last he heard” Ryan Gosling was the main choice to play billionaire playboy and BDSM aficionado Christian Grey.

Gosling has been at the forefront of the Fifty Shades rumor mill since it was announced the best-selling “mommy porn” trilogy would be adapted for the big screen. Meanwhile, young actresses from Lucy Hale to Ashley Benson have expressed their interests in playing college student Anastasia Steele.

Producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will be at the helm of the Fifty Shades film, and they plan on making a movie that’s about more than just sex. “At its core, Fifty Shades of Grey is a complex love story, requiring a delicate and sophisticated hand to bring it to the big screen,” Universal co-chairman Donna Langley said in a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter.