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Jamie Dornan learned to walk properly on Fifty Shades set

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Feb 28, 2014 | 9:07am EST

Actor Jamie Dornan is already reaping the benefits of his leading role in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie because it has taught him how to walk correctly. The Northern Irish star admits he has had issues with his gait throughout his life, and always adopted a toe-bouncing swagger to hide his awkwardness. A director working on Dornan's TV drama The Fall noticed his strange stride, but the actor was only able to correct his walk when he learned to dance the foxtrot for a scene in the upcoming movie adaptation of E.L. James' racy book. Dornan tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I always had a complex about the way I walked and people would comment on it. I walked on my toes and when I did The Fall, the director asked, 'Is that part of the character or just the way you walk?' "My wife tried to help by making me lean back and then in Fifty Shades my character has to dance the foxtrot and the teacher said, 'Do it as though you are walking; heel to toe.' No one had ever told me that was how you walk and now I am applying it every day!"

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