Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt's new movie seems to be causing quite the controversy online following the release of its first trailer. Not because of its subject matter or anything - although that's not proving particularly popular either, it has to be said - but because of its "dodgy" accents.
Also starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Christopher Walken (Batman Returns), Wild Mountain Thyme – based on writer-director John Patrick Stanley's 2014 play Outside Mullingar – follows Anthony and Rosemary, who strike up a passionate romance in "the breathtaking landscapes of rural Ireland, where everyone is half mad with loneliness or love, and the weather is terrible".
Meanwhile, their respective families bicker over the ownership of a piece of land between their two farms.
Things become complicated, however, when Anthony's cousin Adam rocks up from the US and sweeps Rosemary off her feet – surprising her with a magical 24 hours in Manhattan. Who will she choose?!
After the first teaser emerged online yesterday (November 10), viewers had a lot of thoughts to share, with many criticising the actors' attempts at a South Mullingar lilt (although it's worth noting that Dornan is from Northern Ireland, and has been tasked with pulling off a very different regional accent here).
"I kinda feel that after more than 3 years living in Ireland I can pull a better Irish accent than that," one user wrote, as another said: "The time has finally come for @TomCruise to pass the torch for worst Irish accent in a motion picture. It's a long time since he made Far and Away, but Tom has finally relinquished the title."
"What the sweet suffering lamented Jesus, Mary and Joseph trekking through the desert Hell is this?!?! Is Emily Blunt stuck in an SNL sketch?" a third joked. "What is Walken up to? And how does someone FROM Ireland bugger up another Irish accent so badly?!
Check out some more reactions below...
— Danny O Brien 📻️⚽️🏉📖 (@DannyEdoBrien) November 11, 2020
Someone explain to me how the dodgiest accent goes to Jamie Dornan, the only Irish person in the whole film. He must be trolling, surely. #WildMountainThyme
— Lauren (@lauchristinas) November 10, 2020
— Máiréad Doyle #Gaeiltober (@MaireadDoyle) November 10, 2020
I was just nodding off but Christopher Walken's Irish accent jumped into my head and I actually cackled. The audacity. #WildMountainThyme
— Leah Gasson (@oyster_eyes) November 11, 2020
What the sweet suffering lamented Jesus, Mary and Joseph trekking through the desert Hell is this?!?! Is Emily Blunt stuck in an SNL sketch What is Walken up to? And how does someone FROM Ireland bugger up another Irish accent so badly?! #WildMountainThyme https://t.co/cntiSt65Cl
— Mairead Connolly (@MaryadeIsHere) November 11, 2020
Christopher Walken’s Irish accent in the #WildMountainThyme trailer is truly the greatest piece of performance art I’ve seen in years.
— Stephen McNeice (@maccytothedee) November 10, 2020
What in the name of God is this? Two minutes and thirty nine seconds of atrocious accents, arran jumpers, twee and tweed. Did Dornan swallow a wasp, how can his accent be so bad?
That's a no from me.#WildMountainThyme https://t.co/Ji2iRD9a8d
— Chris Flack (@CM_Flack) November 11, 2020
We must never forget Debra Messing’s accent in the play Wild Mountain Thyme is based on. pic.twitter.com/5cZpjLRuqo
— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 11, 2020
Even with a rubbish accent, I’ll watch that man in anything #WildMountainThyme
— kristina victoria (@krismaheral) November 11, 2020
Just heard Emily Blunts (who I normally adore) accent for #WildMountainThyme - what part of Oireland is she meant to be from.
— Alison Clegg (@arclegg) November 11, 2020
Wild Mountain Thyme has yet to schedule a UK release date, but Lionsgate has promised that it will be coming soon.
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