Jamie Dornan addresses his new movie's infamous wild twist

Joe Anderton
·3-min read
Photo credit: Lionsgate
Photo credit: Lionsgate

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Wild Mountain Thyme, the new film from Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley, has been savaged in reviews.

Set in the present day but bizarrely looking and sounding like the 1980s and the 1950s, the movie has been criticised for being a storm of stereotypes and clichés, as well as containing some poor attempts at Irish accents, including from Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan.

But the craziest thing about this film is the ending, in which Dornan's character Andrew admits to thinking he's a bee. We are not even joking.

Photo credit: Lionsgate
Photo credit: Lionsgate

Dornan spoke about the twist to The Hollywood Reporter, where he admitted that he was so on board with the nonsensical development, he himself thought that he might be a bee.

"I hope I'm not like Anthony, but I guess he's probably closer to myself," he said. "With Wild Mountain Thyme, nothing is improvised, but I feel like I was exploring all the quirks that I have, the lack of confidence that I have, the lack of self-belief that I have or the shyness that I have.

"I'm not saying any of those are negative things, but any of those that I have as myself, I was able to put into Anthony and then embellish them further. And that was a departure for me. I haven't done stuff like that before. Playing Anthony, I've never felt so exposed as an actor and so vulnerable as an actor. And in some warped way, I got myself to a point where I believed that I was him.

"In the end, he reveals his really peculiar secret to Rosemary [Emily Blunt], and I got myself to a place where I totally believed that I was a bee.

Photo credit: Lionsgate
Photo credit: Lionsgate

"You know what's so funny? That day, I approached Shanley and said, 'Shanley, there's something I haven't really asked you.' It was the morning of the scene and I was like, 'When he says that, does he actually believe he's a bee, or is he just saying that as some dramatic thing?' And Shanley was like, 'Sure, we all believe we're something we're not, right?'

"Only Shanley can say something so off-kilter and weird, but he believes it. He believes that everyone thinks they're something they're not, and usually, it's some other form, like an animal. It's kind of mad."

It sounds bonkers, but Digital Spy's Movies Editor did come back from the Fifty Shades Freed press junket covered in stings...

Wild Mountain Thyme is now out in cinemas and digitally in the US. It hasn't been unleashed upon the UK. Yet.

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