Jamie Dornan talks ‘Belfast’, TV and behind the scenes

by Alicia Rancilio | The Associated Press

NEW YORK – One of the most memorable scenes in “Belfast” is when Jamie Dornan’s character treats his wife (played by Caitriona Balfe) with “eternal love”. The lighting, choreography and wardrobe make Dornan look like a matinee idol.

As the film makes the rounds at award shows—its ensemble cast has been nominated at the SAG Awards and is paired with “West Side Story” with 11 nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards—Dornan says that they should ” Contacted more than once”. award commentator-type pundits” whether he would perform the song at this year’s Academy Awards, if asked.

“Unless faced with the real honest possibility of this, I really don’t know how to answer that,” Dornan said. But he says, “I would be very scared to do something like this. I remember years ago my partner sang at the Oscars and I told him at the time, ‘I can’t think of anything worse than what you have to do,'” he said with a laugh.

It would be a surprising move but Dornan is worried about the people who keep guessing. He counts “Belfast” director Kenneth Branagh as someone who checks that box. Branagh has acted in TV, stage and film and directed films ranging from Shakespeare to “Thor”.

“How great is his career that everyone sees him as representing something different. I love that and it’s inspiring.”

Judi Hill in ‘Belfast’ alongside Judi Dench, Ciaran Hinds and Colin Morgan. The story is told from the point of view of Hill’s 9-year-old character, so sometimes scenes with Dornan and Balfe are interrupted partly because the camera only shows what the boy sees.

“Often his view is hidden in the corner of the ladder or the door frame or whatever. So you often end up in these very nice abstract shots because that’s kind of how he looks,” Dornan said.

Dornan is also enjoying the success of his new series “The Tourist”, which is now airing in the UK and coming to HBO Max this year. He plays a man who wakes up in a hospital in Australia with amnesia and begins a twisty race to find out who he is and what has happened.

“The reaction in the UK to that show is insane. It’s great because it’s kinda bonkers like a show, but in the best way. And I just wanted people to be ready to ride with it because it’s on its tone I am very unique,” ​​he said.

Dornan says that “The Tourist” is so amazing that he jokes that “I’m not sure I still know all the answers and I’ve seen it all.” He also says that this is one of his projects that he actually made to watch because a lot of people were talking about it.

Like most, television is a big part of Dornan’s nightlife with his wife, musician Amelia Warner. He says the clear favorite is “like every single person who has a television,” HBO’s “succession.” “It’s something we eat. We’re also in the middle of ‘The Shrink Next Door,’ which I’m enjoying. My wife will watch ‘And Just Like That’ and I won’t. I go and get some work done.” “

“I actually went to do something the other night and she was going to watch ‘And Just Like That.’ Everything I went to got canceled and I came back and she was burnt out,” he laughed. I said, ‘You know what? You can have a night.'”

Dornan, perhaps best known for his role in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, credits the 2013 TV series “The Fall” for turning his career around. He said in “The Fall,” where he played a serial killer – masked as a grief counselor – has continued to “burst of life” to streaming.

“I was shooting ‘Belfast’ in the summer of 2020 and everyone on the crew was talking about ‘The Fall’ on set. And I said, ‘You watching ‘The Fall’?’ And I realized it just got put on Netflix in the UK.”

While “Belfast” continues to move along the awards circuit, Dornan is reading the script to figure out his next move. He also co-wrote the script for a film last year, which is expected to be made in the next year or so. He says that writing is something he has always done, but it is difficult to find time for it.

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