Why was there a line in "Fifty Shades Darker" from the movie "Working Girl"?
In Fifty Shades Darker, Anastasia (played by Dakota Johnson) gets a promotion and becomes "the boss". Another assistant in the office, who used to be her peer, is now Anastasia's assistant. Anastasia says to her, "I expect you to call me Ana. I don't expect you to fetch me coffee unless you're getting some for yourself. And the rest, we'll just make up as we go along."
This is an exact line from the movie Working Girl, which starred Melanie Griffith, who is Dakota Johnson's mother. Why did the the director or writer choose to include this "in joke" in Fifty Shades Darker? It doesn't fit with the tone of the movie (and the line obviously didn't come from the book!).
From USA Today, it was a tribute paid by Dakota Johnson to her mom, Melanie Griffith.
"That’s my favorite part," says Johnson, crediting screenwriter Niall Leonard (James' husband) for the idea. "I thought it was the sweetest thing ever. Because when has that ever happened in the history of film? And that’s also such an iconic line from Working Girl. So it’s so special."
In an interview of James Foley, when he was asked about that line from Working Girl, he said,
That was an idea of the original screenwriter, Niall Leonard. He just felt like, when he was writing that scene, it reminded him of that movie and he just went with integrating that dialogue. Dakota was obviously aware of it and embraced it. I feel like it's sort of invisible in the film. It doesn't all of a sudden step out of its world and become Working Girl, but I think it's a nice inside baseball nod to her mom.