Last November, the first trailer for the Irish romance starring Jamie Dornan and Blunt was ridiculed on Twitter for the accents of its lead stars.
In the film, described as a “moving and wildly romantic tale”, English actor Blunt plays a headstrong farmer called Rosemary Muldoon, who has her heart set on marrying her neighbour Anthony Reilly (played by Dornan, who is actually Northern Irish).
“Even we think this is a bit much,” tweeted the National Leprechaun Museum.
Speaking to Sky News, Blunt said of the criticism: “I think it was sort of to be expected in some ways… 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. 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.”
She added: “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.”
Dornan insisted he and his co-star were “doing the accents that we planned to do”, adding: “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.”
Wild Mountain Thyme is released via all major UK digital platforms on 30 April.