Jamie Dornan was disgusted by the way the paparazzi hounds young actresses like Keira Knightley when he dated the actress 10 years ago.
Jamie Dornan thinks the paparazzi culture is ''hideous''.
The hunky Irish actor - who has been cast as S&M obsessed billionaire Christian Grey in the X-rated 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie - got his first taste of fame in 2003 when he dated Keira Knightley for two years and was horrified by the way the A-list beauty was hounded like an animal by ''perverted'' snappers.
He told the London Evening Standard newspaper: ''It was a strange environment to find yourself in, being hounded and followed. It's really hideous. F**king hell, [the paparazzi] are cretins. I couldn't have less respect for those guys.
''There are so many ways to make a living that don't involve hiding in bushes opposite houses of 18-year-old girls with a camera in your hand.
''That's not making a living, that's making a choice to be a perverted f**khead. That scrutiny when you're older will be easier to take. And I don't think I'm ever going to be as famous as her.''
The star admits he found it incredibly hard being taken seriously as an actor after working as a model, famously posing in nothing but his underwear for Calvin Klein.
He said: ''I mean f***ing hundreds of [failed auditions]. Some of them totally humiliating experience. People attach too much to the idea of being a model, that you can only be a certain way to have done it.
''You will always be dealing with it. You're an actor who used to be a model who never trained; there are not many directors queuing up.''
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