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Samantha Highfill
January 02, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EST

For star Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey is about more than what happens within the four walls of Christian Grey’s Red Room of Pain. The actor told Elle UK that, even though his research took him to sex dungeons, he doesn’t feel that the story is misogynistic.

“I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic. But actually, more men are submissives than women. Very powerful men,” Dornan said. “It’s a far bigger scene than I imagined: in pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.”

But Dornan thinks people should focus on the fact that Fifty Shades is telling a love story. “The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect,” he said. “I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room, that’s not a film. There’s so much more going on than that.”

Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters on Feb. 13.

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