Strangely enough, the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, — which is definitely not for children despite the juvenile writing of its source material — has a connection to the comic book world: Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is married to actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, best-known for playing the title role in the two Kick-Ass movies and soon to become quite a bit more famous for portraying Quicksilver in this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Sam is well-respected photographer in the world of fine arts, where she has been nominated for such prestigious awards as Britain’s Turner Prize. Back when she was an artist known as Sam Taylor-Wood, she recreated the Last Supper with Jesus reimagined as a topless woman. And her “Crying Men” portraits of Robin Williams, Sean Penn, Paul Newman, Laurence Fishburne and Dustin Hoffman depicted the Hollywood stars… well, crying.
She divorced her art-dealer husband after directing her first feature, 2009’s Nowhere Boy, about the early days of The Beatles, and married the 19-year-old who played John Lennon: Aaron Johnson. She was 42 at the time, and they both took the name “Taylor-Johnson.” Sam has also fought off bouts with colon cancer and breast cancer.
Aaron starred in Matthew Vaughn‘s well-regarded 2010 adaptation of Mark Miller‘s Kick-Ass comic books alongside Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl, as well as 2013’s Kick-Ass 2. He also featured in last year’s reboot of Godzilla with Brian Cranston. Director/writer Joss Whedon is counting on Aaron to bring Quicksilver to life with the Avengers, just as Evan Peters did with the same character in X-Men: Days of Future Past.