It took one decade for that ex model from Belfast to be acknowledged as an actor. Now, Jamie Dornan fights to get rid of Grey’s shadow. Thanks to roles like the psychopath in “The Fall” or the heroic soldier from “The Siege of Jadotville”(the production that will be released on Netflix), it looks like he won’t need to wait another decade this time. He talked to us in an exclusive interview for ICON.
There are Twitter accounts dedicated to celebrate the shape of his arms. Advertising images where this ex model appeared wallowing with Kate Moss, or smeared with oil along with Eva Mendes, form part of the popular imagery of the past decade. Media as serious as The New York Times came to nickname him “the Golden torso” and a simple trailer for the second installment of 50 shades of Grey – where he plays the most indecipherable icon of our age: a millionaire fond of sadomasochistic sex – managed that hundreds of alienated fans filled the movie theaters while they counted the days on the calendar until the arrival of the premiere (February 14, 2017). Jamie Dornan, the one that seems to care the least. Northern Ireland’s 34 year old clearly wants to offer something more than an intimidating physical image. He could have spent his days stringing advertising contracts while continuing to be shown half naked but he decided to become an actor. And after facing the prejudices of half of humanity, there came a surprise: the series The Fall, where he plays a psychopath of his native Belfast and that has just released its third season, he revealed himself as an interpreter of an unsuspected depth. His latest film, conceived as an antidote to the massive fame that has provided Christian Grey, follows on the same line. The Siege of Jadotville , which opens on October 7 on Netflix, is inspired by a real case. In 1961, during the war of Katanga, a secessionist province of Congo, an Irish battalion of 150 soldiers sent by the United Nations was attacked by some 3000 men of the local army assisted by French and Belgian mercenaries. There were five days of fierce fighting, but this battle was deleted from the official history of Ireland. “I had no idea of this episode. It remained muted for years for several reasons, which I find embarassing since it shows Irish heroics on a large scale” He explains in one of those accents that tenderly forces the ear to the inner courtyard of the London district of Shoreditch , after a photoshoot in which he which he will be shown simple and sociable, spontaneous and somewhat foul-mouthed.
Why did you get into this business?
Because I don’t have the proper attitude for working in an office. From a young age I knew that I was notthat kind of person: I lack the patience to sit before a computer. I had no idea what I would do, but I think that all those who work in film feel it. I started in the theatre at the age of 13. I loved to be a different person, express myself differently than my friends on the rugby team. It was clear I wanted to be an actor. I felt comfortable in a world that I’m allowed to not behave as expected of me. Read the full interview here