Not everyone in the highly anticipated movie adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” strips their clothes off.
But Victor Rasuk, the Dominican American actor who plays Anastasia’s best friend Jose Rodriguez, wasn’t so sure of that when he landed the part.
“When I got the part in ‘Fifty Shades,’ my aunt loves all three books and said, “OMG, you’re playing Jose Rodriguez!’” the 30-year-old actor told Variety Latino. “And I hadn’t read the book yet so I asked her, ‘Wait, am I going to get naked in the movie?’”
Though Jose keeps his clothes on throughout film, Rasuk said he would have been open to doing a nude scene.
“If I had to do it I would have,” he said.
Rasuk, who first made a splash in 2002 playing the lead role in the indie film “Raising Victor Vargas,” is having a breakthrough year. Earlier this year, he had a memorable part in the monster epic “Godzilla.”
Now, he has a major role in one of next year’s most anticipated films. As Jose, an aspiring photographer, Rasuk has strong feelings for Anastasia, played by Dakota Johnson, but is unable to tell her.
“His love for her is not passionate, but, like we say in Spanish, he has a cariño for her,” Rasuk said. “I related because it’s the girl that got away or the girl you always loved and you never got to tell her how much you cared or that you wanted to be with her. I’m sure every one can relate to that.”
Rasuk said the film portrays Jose exactly as the book did in “trying to sway Anastasia” away from Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), but, he added, “the outcome is a little different. I don’t want to give it away.”
The actor believes the books’ fans will be happy with the screen adaptation.
“[Author] E.L. James was making sure it stayed true to the book to satisfy herself and fans,” Rasuk said. “It was a great experience in that aspect that everyone who was a part of it really wanted to capture what was in the book.”