Ryan Gosling's hopes and dreams of being cast as the lead in the film adaptation of E L James' Fifty Shades Of Grey appear to have been dashed after the author herself shot down rumours that he was the clear leading candidate to play the main character Christian Grey. Ryan Seacrest was talking to James on his radio show on Kiis FM and asked the author whether she wanted Gosling to play the role? She replied "No. That's completely misreported."

She continued "What happened is that his local paper, he's from Northern Ireland, there's a newspaper there called the Belfast Telegraph that reported on my husband being the inspiration for Christian Grey. Underneath it they put a picture of Ryan Gosling, as well. So, that's how that came about". Does she have anyone in mind then? "Maybe. I'm not going to tell you." Oooh, E L, you big tease.

James also said that the success of the book had completely "shocked" her, and had never intended to write full-time off the back of it. "I wasn't prepared for all of this" she told Seacrest. "I was going to write the books on the side and carry on working and doing all of that. I used to work in TV. It was fun. So this whole roller coaster has been utterly mind-blowing, really." She quit in January when it became apparent the book was going to be massive: "I quit on the Tuesday and I flew to New York on the Wednesday [for the book launch.]"