The Year Jamie Dornan Leveled Up

Last month, the British GQ He gave a lengthy interview with Jamie Dornan, in which several paragraphs are devoted to the actor’s thoughts on how to act fifty shades Movies influenced his career. After all, this was the catchy car of Northern Ireland, which raised him from a former model and TV actor to a true movie star.

That trilogy has drifted memorably at the center of Fenn’s perilous cultural scheme: films that have been watched by so many people and critics nearly universally hated. Said Dornan: “It hasn’t hurt my career to be a part of a movie franchise that has grossed over a billion dollars.” But the franchise also won a Golden Raspberry for Worst Actor, showing the world its utter boredom with the project. It would have forever made him just the latest handsome actor in the Commonwealth to set an American accent, blow up the title role, and return to the world of Masterpiece Theater and BBC cop shows, which Hollywood had forgotten in five years.

But while the line about the billion-dollar franchise turned out to be a drawable quote, that wasn’t the most interesting thing he said. “Whether, what private warAnd anthropoid, or Belfast, or whatever comes next, the line in the press is always, “It’s the best thing he’s done since then.” fifty shadesDornan said GQ. “As if I still need to prove myself; I’m still paying penance for this choice to get me back to what I was before. Look, I got it, and to be honest with you, it motivates me. It kindles a fire in me. If that means people They say, “Oh, actually it’s not that bad,” Well, so be it.

So, with my deep and sincere apologies to Dornan, I will do the same thing he complained about. Because anyone who crossed out their name as the holographic torso from the S&M movies has to come back again – he’s on a hot streak now. Even glancing at not tofifty shades The career reveals a talented, subtle actor with true comedic chops. This is what it has been all along; The great monkey’s paw in the concession is far enough past now that it’s easy to notice.

When Dornan was cast as Christian Gray, the first season of the fall It just aired on British and Irish television. Dornan played Paul Spector, the healer and family man by day and the rapist and serial killer who put Belfast on alert by night. Dornan had no easy task; He was tasked with stopping half of the Cops and Assassins show at a cost no less than Gillian Anderson on the other end of the bobbing game. Unlike famous fictional serial killers, Paul was a mysterious and mysterious character who spent most of his screen time lurking and listening. There was no soliloquy about liver, beans, and wine for Dornan to chew; He had to get the job done with subtle gestures and quiet written readings. But he delivered, and was rewarded with a BAFTA nomination for his problem.

From there, between fifty gray faces And Fifty Shades of Darkness, Dornan starred in a pair of 2016 films about recent situations. One, Siege of GadotvilleDornan is distinguished as the leader of a United Nations peacekeeping force who finds themselves trapped, outnumbered, and cut off from withdrawal, reinforcements or resupply during the 1961 Congo crisis. Dornan – who wears a dazzling Freddie Mercury mustache for this role – delivers a compelling performance in a film that is both forgotten and faded. . anthropoid Do not forget. Dornan and Cillian Murphy play World War II Czechoslovak commandos who fall behind enemy lines on a mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi ruler and architect of the Final Solution. When they succeed, the film depicts in unwavering brutal terms the Nazi response: torture, mass executions, and a church shooting in Prague. anthropoid It avoids the mistake many World War II films made in portraying the Nazis as merely the opposing team, reducing brutality and barbarism for a tone more popcorn-friendly. instead of, anthropoid Make Saving Private Ryan It seems like moana; It might be the best movie Dornan has ever made, and having watched it once I will probably never watch it again.

during the fifty shades Running around, Dornan will periodically strip Christian Gray’s whips in order to star in a grim and violent action, but since it’s been released, he’s faced a thrilling series of challenges. In many respects, Dornan’s career is reminiscent of Daniel Radcliffe. Like Dornan, Radcliffe knows beyond reasonable doubt that his first big role will define his career no matter what he does. Freed from the expectations of embodying a famous personality, he undertakes a series of interesting small and independent projects: swiss army manAnd akimbo gunsAnd Imperium, and so on. For Dorman, the post-franchise period took on a lighter tone than his earlier era in business; In fact, he has had a musical number in each of his past three movie credits: Wild Mountain ThymeAnd Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, And Belfast.

Just last year, we’ve seen Dornan pull the whole package together: the intensity of the burn that has made him a sex symbol, but also a gift for comedy that might not appear in the fall or anthropoid, but it made him a fixture on Graham Norton’s sofa. Dornan is by no means an outstanding performance Belfast; Come awards season, he’ll likely take a back seat to the resounding Caitriona Balfe and Ciaran Hinds. But like loving and principled but somewhat unreliable Head of the familyDornan definitely clicks in Kenneth Branna’s Memoirs movie. He was a romantic bachelor, but he was born to play the sexy daddy. He’s still attractive when he needs to be – see the “Eternal Love” scene for proof that he’s still a sexy professional man – but Dornan is very easy to buy as a paternal figure, the perfect combination of the fierce protectionism and ridiculous self-deprecation he wants from a father.

Comes this sense of humor Wild Mountain Thyme like that. There’s no redemption for the movie as a whole, being a hilarious mix of confused accents and comic stereotypes and featuring one of the most outlandish plot twists committed to the movie ever, and it’s an innovation even more confusing because it doesn’t have any bearing on the plot of the movie—but Dornan does his best, and manages to get Over a few laughs with slapstick gags and Halpertian’s face reactions.

But he may have reached apotheosis between versions Zaatar And Belfast, as a follower enamored with love in barb and star. Dornan plays the mostly comedic straight guy—although Kristen Wiig, Annie Momolo, and Damon Wayans Jr.’s super sassy silliness in this movie would make anyone look like a straight guy by comparison—but he’s more than just sticking with a king. And while he plays neither Barb nor Star, he gets his big moment with “Edgar’s Prayer,” a Lonely Island song nested within this latest Austin Powers movie.

Look at him stealing the camera and kicking his legs in the sand. This is not a cardboard cut out that was separated on it after fifty shades Films, or stewing, austerities of the fall. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that actors like Brad Pitt and Chris Hemsworth started out as little more than eye candy, because they’ve gone on to show that they’re funny too. That’s what Dornan is doing now.

So as 2021 draws to a close, I find myself in an unexpected place: a place where if Jamie Dornan was in a movie, I would probably watch it, no matter what.

Leave a Comment