Jamie Dornan went to a sex dungeon to get ready for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Actor Jamie Dornan speaks during Variety Studio Actors on Actors presented by Autograph Collection Hotels on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Variety)
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson pose for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere of the film 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in London, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision for Universal Pictures/AP Images)
Jamie Dornan and Amelia Warner pose for photographers at the UK Premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey, at a central London cinema, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Photo by: KGC-143/STAR MAX/IPx 2/12/15 Jamie Dornan at the premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey. (London, England)
Actress Dakota Johnson, actor Jamie Dornan and director Sam Taylor-Johnson, from left, pose for photographers on the red carpet for the world premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Actor Jamie Dornan poses for photographers with wife Amelia Warner on the red carpet for the world premiere of the film Fifty Shades of Grey at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Wednesday,Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Jamie Dornan attends the GQ men of the year awards at The Royal Opera House on September 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Amelia Warner (L) and Jamie Dornan attend the GQ Men Of The Year awards in association with Hugo Boss at The Royal Opera House on September 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Jamie Dornan seen at LAX on September 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Jamie Dornan seen visiting a gym in Notting Hill on May 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Jamie Dornan (L) and Amelia Warner attend the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 05: Jamie Dornan attends the Irish Film And Television Awards on April 5, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phillip Massey/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Jamie Dornan attends the '9 Countries, 9 men, 1 Winner' Calvin Klein Photocall at House of Fraser, Oxford Street on September 5, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
JAMIE DORNAN at the Moet & Chandon Tribute to Cinema party held at the Big Sky Studios, Brewery Road, London N7 on 24th March 2009. - Job: 64511 Ref: DON - (Photo by Dominic O'Neill/Photoshot/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 16: Actor Jamie Dornan arrives at the launch party for film 'Beyond The Rave' at Shoreditch House on April 16, 2008 in London, England. The film is the first Hammer horror in 30 years and will be broadcast exclusively on social network internet site MySpace. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Rob Brydon, Jamie Dornan and James Purefoy (Photo by Nick Harvey/WireImage)
LONDON - MAY 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (L-R) Rob Brydon, Jamie Dornan and James Purefoy attend a charity evening in aid of CLIC Sargent, at the Sanderson Hotel on May 15, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Jamie Dornan during The British Fashion Awards 2006 at V & A in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Jamie Dornan during Columbia Pictures Presents the New York Film Festival Screening of 'Marie Antoinette' at Alice Tully Hall in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Sony Pictures-Los Angeles)
Rose Byrne and Jamie Dornan during Columbia Pictures Presents the New York Film Festival Screening of 'Marie Antoinette' at Alice Tully Hall in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Sony Pictures-Los Angeles)
Jamie Dornan in the Virgin Mobile Louder Lounge at the V Festival at the Chelmsford in United Kingdom. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
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As it turns out, Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan felt he needed to do some background research to capture the essence of his sexually adventurous character.

In an interview with Elle UK, the 32-year-old Irish actor revealed that he went all out to get a glimpse into the mind of Christian Grey – including visiting a sex dungeon.

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"I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did...whatever they were into," Dornan said in the interview. "I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives."

Fifty Shades of Grey follows the intense sexual affair between a sexually repressed college grad Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and business mogul Christian Grey (Dornan), who awakens Anastasia's deeply hidden desires through the liberal application of sadomasochism and bondage.

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It makes sense then that a visit to a sex club would be a good way to get into character.

"It was an interesting evening," Dornan admitted. "Then going back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards... I had a long shower before touching either of them."

Dornan, best known for his work on ABC's fantasy series Once Upon a Time and his disturbing role on the BBC crime drama The Fall, was a controversial casting choice for the role of Christian Grey.

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Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam was originally tapped to play the sexually experienced CEO, but negative fan reaction may have been a factor in the actor backing out of the Universal film, only to have Dornan later replace him. Fans have since been more supportive of Dornan after the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey trailers.

Check out the steamy, S&M-filled trailer below.

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