By Carolyn Kellogg
12:17 PM CDT, March 18, 2013
Emma Watson is the actress who played the darling Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" movies. She has been going to college at an Ivy -- Brown University -- when she hasn't been making movies. When she took a year abroad, she went to no less than Oxford. "As you know, I love Brown and I love studying pretty much more than anything," she once wrote.
It's fair to think of her as one of the bookish glitterati, a Hollywood star with strong literary ties.
But to be clear, that does not include gray ties.
In the wildly popular erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," attractive billionaire Christian Grey uses a gray tie in his sexual games with innocent college student Anastasia Steele. With a film adaptation of the book in the works, and Watson's track record of taking on literary projects, some people have been thinking that the fresh-faced "Harry Potter" veteran might be a perfect fit for Anastasia.
Those people do not include Watson.
Watson took to Twitter on Saturday to clarify matters, using wry sarcasm. She tweeted, "Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life."
Watson's fans are with her: The tweet has been retweeted more than 38,000 times. Some responses are supportive, like @IBreathePotter: "YOU ARE THE BEST ROLE MODEL IN THE WORLD! Thank you so, so much! You are everything, you are amazing. Thank you." Others have an edge: @Apocalypse2001: "please don't. It'll ruin your career/image. Like a certain other female actor had her image destroyed with that twilight garbage."
Still others appeal to her literary side. For example, @Rebekahdg: "If ever you do a film involving BDSM, I'd hope it would be The Story of O, and directed by someone like David O. Russell."
So, the role of Anastasia Steele remains open. For now.
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