February 18, 2015  admin Comments are off Articles

He’s living proof of a female deity and he’s about to become one of the world’s biggest stars thanks to Fifty Shades. Stylist meets the charming Mr Dornan

Waiting to interview Jamie Dornan is a bit like getting an email from your boss saying, ‘Have you got a minute?’ You have no idea what to expect. It could be good. It could be bad. Or it could be catastrophic.

Because he could have gone all ‘Hollywood’. Might not be quite so charming in real life. Or could take his role in the highly anticipated Fifty Shades Of Grey a little too seriously. But as a barefooted Jamie welcomes me into his hotel suite at LA’s infamous Chateau Marmont with a cheerful, “Sorry, I just had to take my socks off, my feet got hot. Can I get you a drink?” I start to relax.

But only for a bit. Because on Friday everything really will change for the 32-year-old, as he becomes the physical embodiment of more than a million women’s sexual fantasies as the film’s protagonist, Christian Grey.

In the flesh he is precisely as good-looking as you think he’ll be. He’s tall, slim and beardy, wearing a white shirt and navy trousers while drinking a bottle of Orangina – the sort you used to get on holiday in France. He seems very relaxed, but his inner goddess must be very aware of what’s to come. Not since 2008’s Sex And The City has there been such speculation over a film release.
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January 25, 2015  admin Comments are off Articles

Great interview done by Collider.com:

Because Season 2 of the crime thriller The Fall is available on Netflix on January 16th, show stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, along with creator Allan Cubitt, were on hand at the TCA Winter Press Tour. Set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the story of the first season continues with Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson’s (Anderson) pursuit of serial killer Paul Spector (Dornan). The stakes are higher and the risks are greater, and the more Spector taunts and provokes Gibson, the closer she comes to capturing him.

During the Netflix presentation, actor Jamie Dornan talked about what he did to get inside the mind of a serial killer, his research, having to make the best of intense scenes, whether he could return for a third season, why he likes to binge watch, being drawn to complicated characters, whether he’d like to play James Bond, if he might ever return to Once Upon a Time, and his upcoming film, The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Question: Paul Spector is a complex character who’s a serial murder that’s also tender with his daughter. What did you have to go through to play him?

JAMIE DORNAN: I think you’ve really got to cling to what makes sense to you. Obviously, I’m not a serial murderer in my real life, so that’s where you have to delve into and do all the research. But, you have to find something likable in him. I do think there are qualities to him that I wouldn’t say I admire, but that I think make him somewhat normal and that we can all understand, like being a relatively good professional and being somewhat of a good father, and I don’t think a terrible husband, for the most part. So, you have to find something human in him that makes sense to you.

What sort of research did you do to take on this role?

DORNAN: Early on, Allan [Cubitt] sent me this list of really horrible literature to read, like Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer. So, I read a few books like that and, more specifically, books on Ted Bundy. There’s so much stuff available online these days, of things like that. So, I watched endless interviews with guys like Bundy, and tried to get inside the mind of these guys, and tried to work out what it is that makes them the way they are, and what leads them to do such heinous things.
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November 14, 2014  admin Comments are off The Fall

The Fall returned and was as horribly unpleasant and brilliantly gripping as the first series.
This means we can spend between now and Christmas watching the Belfast serial killer drama battling it out with The Missing for the prestigious title of Most Nerve-Wracking Nightmare-Inducing Thriller of The Year.
Both The Missing and The Fall (BBC2’s highest-rating drama launch for eight years) are steadfastly stylish slow burners, having clearly learnt from Broadchurch and The Killing that where intense suspense is concerned, less is more.

The Missing reached the third of its eight episodes on Tuesday.
It ended with the French detective leading the investigation into the abduction of Olly Hughes, the young son of haunted, broken, British tourist Tony Hughes informing him that the police had recovered a video. He then asked one of those questions no one ever wants to hear: ‘Are you sure you want to see it?’
It was a moment of dread, with the answer being both ‘yes, obviously’ and, put it like that, ‘no, definitely not.’

We knew how he felt. We wanted our morbid curiosity to be satisfied at the same time as knowing we would recoil from whatever it showed.
So it proved.
The shaky hand-held footage showed the unmistakable, unbearable, sight of Tony’s son stood at a window as a hand was placed across his mouth and he was dragged away.
The Missing and The Fall are divided by quintessential differences but work in much the same way. (…)

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September 25, 2014  admin Comments are off Articles

Jamie Dornan has admitted to carrying some of his character’s anger as ‘The Fall’ prepares for its second season

Irish actor and Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan has admitted to having been deeply affected by BBC drama The Fall, in which he plays a serial killer terrorizing Belfast.

The second season of the series — the broadcaster’s most popular drama on its BBC2 channel for 20 years and available on Netflix in the U.S. — is due to return to U.K. screens later in the year.

“You can’t fail to be left slightly scarred by inhabiting someone like that for two seasons. I do carry elements of him with me in a worrying way. I find him relatable … I have a deep understanding of him,” Dornan said at a special screening on Tuesday in quotes published by U.K. newspaper The Guardian.

“He had such a distaste for everything. You do carry some of that anger and that hatred in you a little bit, especially toward the end of a few months playing him.”

Dornan’s co-star Gillian Anderson, who plays a detective looking into the investigation, added that she found her character enthralling.

“Who she is and everything she stands for and how she operates — I find that very compelling and I don’t feel like I have really seen that before,” she said.

“She makes it very clear how she feels about violence against women, how these women are represented and how they are perceived. She is a supporter of women and women being treated respectfully and she doesn’t mince words. It’s in her bones. I like that about her.”

Meanwhile, The Fall’s writer Allan Cubitt defended its graphic violence, which had been enough for U.K. tabloid The Daily Mail to describe it as “the most repulsive drama ever broadcast on British TV.”

“There were plenty of people of people who understood what I was trying to achieve. In a sense it’s a dissection of a certain kind of male view, an exploration of misogyny,” he said.

“Anything that sets out to explore a complex and difficult subject like that always runs the risk of being held up as being an example of it, rather than a critique of it. Obviously if you think The Fall is misogynistic then I would have failed completely, abjectly.”


July 25, 2014  admin Comments are off Articles

So, you like to watch a handsome, shirtless Jamie Dornan do the whole torture thing? Well, then, we’ve got the perfect drama for you—and it’s not Fifty Shades of Grey.

If you want to see Dornan gag women, tie them up, bathe them by candlelight, and cause them grievous bodily harm, you’re better off watching the first season of the BBC’s gripping thriller The Fall. (Catch up on Netflix before season two airs. The trailer premiered yesterday, just in time for 50 Shades madness.) The Fall is a suspenseful and scary thriller, and, unlike Fifty Shades, it’s honest about the slippery entertainment appeal of violence against women.

Dornan plays Paul Spector, a doting father and loving husband who also happens to be a really hot serial killer. Where the 50 Shades trailer makes sadism look aspirational—just let him hurt you, ladies, and you can have it all, the Nicholas Sparks romance, the fashion-mag clothes, and rides in fancy, phallus-shaped planes!—The Fall shows that glamorizing male sexual power over women can also be dangerous. “I was at pains from the start to make sure that there was nothing gratuitous or exploitative in the drama,” its creator, Alan Cubitt, told the Guardian last year. “Sexual killers eroticize violence, power and death, so it’s a challenging line to walk.”

Half of The Fall‘s story is told from Paul’s point of view (we’ll get to the other half in a second), and he’s definitely a voyeur. (His last name, Spector, even hints that he likes to watch.) So it’s necessary that there’s an element of voyeurism in the way the show frames his murders: The victims are young, beautiful, and often left naked on their beds. Their deaths are gorgeously shot, with romantic lighting and tasteful make-up. Paul even bathes his victims and paints their nails before he leaves them. But this isn’t the straight-forward S&M glamor that 50 Shades trades in. It’s all part of the drama’s plan to implicate its viewers in the same objectification of women that excites Paul. And that’s a fair thing to do: Viewers are tuning in to watch a show about a literal lady-killer, aren’t they?

Another way that Cubitt avoids the exploitation trap is by letting us get to know these victims before they die, so that the women are actual human beings to us, not just another sexy corpse that you might find in a dumpster on Law & Order: SVU. It helps that the first victim we meet is also an outspoken feminist. When we’re introduced to Sarah Kay, her coworker is trying to flirt with her, and Sarah, who couldn’t be less interested, responds by talking about the Mosuo people, a matriarchal society where women raise children communally, without any real attachment to men. Just try to imagine 50 Shades‘ Anastasia living in that society. How would she survive? Who would tell her how to wear her hair?

But the real reason The Fall doesn’t feel like a cheap thrill is that it messes with the conservative gender roles that Fifty Shades reinforces. The show’s real hero is Stella, a cool-tempered detective played by Gillian Anderson. She provides the point of view for the scenes that aren’t from Spector’s perspective, and together, the two of them upend all sort of assumptions about women and men. He’s the loving parent; she’s the ladder-climbing careerist. They’re both clinical about their life’s work, but she’s that way because she’s hugely ambitious, and he’s that way because he’s a sociopath. (Is The Fall intentionally flipping the idea that men who aren’t ruled by their emotions make great leaders while women like that are just crazy?) Stella favors one-night stands while Paul obsesses over women he only meets once.

Still, Stella isn’t just a male archetype in drag. In fact, she complicates the whole idea that any women can be so easily categorized. When one of her colleagues refers to the serial killer’s victims as “innocent,” Stella corrects his use of the word. “What if he kills a prostitute next, or a woman walking home drunk, late at night, in a short skirt?” she asks. “Will they be in some way less innocent, therefore less deserving? Culpable? The media loves to divide women into virgins and vamps, angels or whores. Let’s not encourage them.”

At risk of making the same mistake, I should probably avoid judging Fifty Shades fans too harshly. As Lena Dunham once said, part of being a feminist is giving other women the space to make choices you don’t agree with. So go ahead and pre-order your Fifty Shades of Grey tickets if you like. But if this piece hasn’t convinced you to add The Fall to your Netflix queue as well, then let me try another approach: Jamie Dornan has never been hotter, even though he’s playing a serial killer. If you, like Anastasia, prefer your fantasy life to be just a little bit wrong, you can’t do much better than that.

From: EW.com

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