Dakota Johnson trained during ’50 Shades’ shoot for ‘Suspiria’ dances

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – If Dakota Johnson had to work hard to prepare for the erotic “Fifty Shades”, it was nothing compared to the physical demands of “Suspiria”, a horror movie in which much of the fear comes through her ability to dance like a woman possessed.

The 75th Venice International Film Festival – Screening of the film “Suspiria” competing in the Venezia 75 section – Red Carpet Arrivals – Venice, Italy, September 1, 2018 – Actor Dakota Johnson poses. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

A remake of the 1970s cult classic, “Suspiria” is set in a dance school in Berlin where Johnson’s character Susie, a naive young hopeful from the cornfields of Ohio, arrives to find strange powers at work.

The 75th Venice International Film Festival – Photocall for the film “Suspiria” competing in the Venezia 75 section – Venice, Italy, September 1, 2018 – Cast member Dakota Johnson. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The older women at the academy are impressed by her instinctual, violent dancing, and quickly give her the lead role in an upcoming performance – although the viewer suspects they have something more sinister in mind.

“It was amazing to discover that I could do that with my body, but it was a lot of work, it was a lot of training,” Johnson told Reuters in Venice, where “Suspiria” is competing for a Golden Lion.

“I worked for six months before filming. I was filming another movie in Vancouver, the third ‘50 Shades’ movie, and I would go after work or before to train with the trainer.”

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The 28-year-old has another horror movie in the works – “Bad Times at the El Royale” with Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth.

“I think I went through a little horror phase recently,” Johnson said, before realizing that could be mis-heard.

“I said ‘horr-or’ phase, to be clear,” she said, jabbing the air with her finger for emphasis, and adding: “Not ‘whore phase’. Oh God! I don’t know!

“I’m interested in making all kinds of films. I love cinema and I love movies, so I really don’t know what I’ll do next. But the ones coming out are a little, a little ‘different’.”

The Venice Film Festival runs to Sept 8.

Writing by Robin Pomeroy; editing by Andrew Roche

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