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Jamie Dornan & Emily Blunt Respond To Backlash Over Wild Mountain Thyme Accents

Tara Walsh
Tara Walsh

03:04 16 Apr 2021


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Jamie Dornan & Emily Blunt speak up

Irish actor Jamie Dornan and UK actress Emily Blunt star in the Irish romantic comedy Wild Mountain Thyme.

When the trailer dropped last year, they faced heavy criticism in Ireland over their accents.

Now, they're addressing the backlash.

In an interview with Sky News, Jamie said, "everyone's going to have their opinion."

"I'm from Ireland and we're known for taking the p*** pretty much out of everything - it almost comes with the territory."

"I think that's fine, and at the end of the day, everyone's going to have their opinion."

He added, "We are doing the accents that we planned to do."

"There's so many dialects based on a very small island and I get the p*** taken out of me for the way I sound all the time, just as me."

"A lot of people don't understand me all the time, and that's fine."

 

"That's something I've dealt with my whole life," Jamie continued.

Emily responds to the backlash

Emily added, "I think it was sort of to be expected in some ways, I think we all knew it on the day."

"We're neither of us from that part of the world."

"And so ultimately, when you're doing an accent, you just do your best."

"Luckily, this film is not really about accents, it's about something much bigger than that."

"So, I think we all took it fairly lightly," Emily pointed out.

"I just want people to go and see it now and be transported to the fact that this is really a love letter to Ireland."

"We loved doing it, we loved being in Ireland, we loved the Irish people."

"So, I think the p***-taking from Irish people about people who aren't from Ireland playing Irish, I sort of shoulder shrug about it really."

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Wild Mountain Thyme is based on John Patrick Shanley's play Outside Mullingar.

It follows the story of a headstrong farmer named Rosemary Muldoon who's madly in love with her neighbour Anthony Reilly.

The problem is Anthony seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer.

It turns out Shanley told the actors that if their accents were spot on, nobody would understand them.

Jamie said, "So, we're trying to find accents that everyone in the world will understand and that's what we feel we did."

"We're not going to lose any sleep over some people having a bit of fun with it."

The film will be available to rent in Ireland from April 30th.


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