Luke Grimes of “Magnificent Seven” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” on the Ride of His Life

CULTURED RIDER. With roles in this year’s most exciting Western and next year’s hottest romance, Luke Grimes takes on the ride of his life on the big screen and beyond


72p_LUKE GRIMES of Magnificent Seven and Fifty Shades of Grey in Outfit by Klein Epstein & Parker, coat by Ben Sherman, tie bar by Kenneth Cole
Outfit by Klein Epstein & Parker, coat by Ben Sherman, tie bar by Kenneth Cole


Back in 2010, American actor Luke Grimes appeared in a drama film titled “Shit Year.” So, maybe 2010 wasn’t exactly a good year for the Ohio-born actor, but the 2010s has so far proven to be quite a great decade, full of eminent roles in high-profile films.

From 2012 till last year, it’s been a succession of knock-out titles starting with “Taken 2,” “True Blood,” “American Sniper” to “Fifty Shades of Grey.” This September, Grimes saddles up—literally, that is—in the long-waited “The Magnificent Seven,” before reappearing in the “Fifty Shades” sequels starting next year.

If anything, his recent filmography speaks volumes of his talent and, perhaps more importantly, his impressive acting range. When a performer does equally well as sexy TV vampire and battle-hardened Navy SEAL, typecasting ceases to be a potential problem.

Then, there’s his work outside of film production and outside the reach of cameras. A couple of months ago, for example, Grimes became the face of Chanel’s Allure Homme Sport Cologne.

One interesting side note to this, though, is that to this day, Grimes has also been outside the reach of social media. Some artists are hailed as having, or being, a “complete package.” If Grimes isn’t one yet, he’s certainly on his way to becoming a prime example of it.

But don’t just take our word for it; let the actor himself tell you of his recent adventures and future goals.
DA MAN: Can you tell us a bit about your character in “The Magnificent Seven”?
Luke Grimes: My character’s name is Teddy Q. He is a young farmer, who goes on a search along with a fellow townswoman to find gunmen to help them defend their town from the bandits who are trying to take their land. He has a lot of heart, but, when we meet him, not a lot of skill.

DA MAN: The film is a remake of a 1960 remake of a 1954 Japanese samurai film. What does this version bring to the table to make it appealing to a 2016 audience?
Luke Grimes: On top of being a really fun ride with a lot of action, this version of the film deals with some timely themes like racism and terrorism. It’s ultimately about the human spirit’s will to fight for their freedom and their rights.


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