Samantha Highfill
December 17, 2014 AT 04:22 PM EST

When an actor gets cast as a cop, he or she might go for a ride along with a real-life cop to prepare. Or when an actor gets cast as a lawyer, he or she might shadow a lawyer. So what happens when you get cast as the world’s prettiest man who also happens to be a major fan of S&M? Well, you hit the gym … and then visit a sex dungeon on your way home.

Jamie Dornan, who will play Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey, recently revealed to Elle UK that his research process involved more than learning how to wear jeans so they sit perfectly on his hips. He also visited a sex dungeon. “I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did…whatever they were into. I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives,” he said.

Dornan seemed like he had some fun with it, saying, “I was like: ‘Come on, guys, I know I’m not paying for this, but I am expecting a show.’ It was an interesting evening.”

Most importantly, once he returned home to his wife and newborn child, “I had a long shower before touching either of them.”

Technically, that shower could also be considered research for his role.

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