Since its premiere last week, hundreds of thousands of married women nationwide have left their husbands for Universal’s trailer for its upcoming erotic drama, “50 Shades of Grey,” based on the best-selling novel. Margaret Rawlings, a 39-year-old married mother of two in Houston, Texas left her husband and children this past weekend so she should could move into a studio apartment with the “50 Shades of Grey” trailer, which she now watches religiously on her iPad.
“Even though the trailer only lasts a little over 120 seconds, it’s still a good minute longer than my husband usually lasted,” Rawlings told Hollywood & Swine. “I never thought mommy porn could get any better, but the marketing team at Universal went and added a Beyonce song to it. This is the happiest I’ve ever been.”
Universal apologized for the hundreds of thousands of families torn about by the studio’s steamy trailer and has tried to make it up to the abandoned husbands and children by giving them exclusive sneak peeks at the trailers for the next year’s “Fast and Furious 7” and the “Despicable Me” spin-off, “Minions.”
This is the second major scandal Universal has faced with the making of “50 Shades of Grey.” Last year, the film’s original star Charlie Hunnam abruptly quit the project weeks before shooting was set to begin after he finally got around to reading the book the film was based on (Hollywood & Swine, October 13, 2013) .