- Irish people are roasting Jamie Dornan’s and Emily Blunt’s accents after the trailer for their new Ireland-set romance, “Wild Mountain Thyme,” was released.
- Viewers were especially confused by how Dornan, who is from Northern Ireland, managed to get his accent so wrong.
- People were also confused by the film’s period setting, as the character’s costumes conflicted with the locations, which suggested the film could be set anywhere from 1920 to 2020.
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The first trailer for Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt’s new Ireland-set romance, “Wild Mountain Thyme,” was released Tuesday. Unfortunately for the film, the cast’s local accents haven’t gone down well with people hailing from Ireland.
Based on the playwright John Patrick Shanley’s 2014 Broadway production “Outside Mullingar” (he also writes and directs the adaptation), “Wild Mountain Thyme” is a classic romance that follows Rosemary Muldoon, a strong-willed farmer played by the London-born actor Emily Blunt, who is smitten with her neighbour Anthony Reilly, played by Dornan.
The internet was particularly perplexed by how Dornan, who is from Northern Ireland, managed to get his accent so wrong.
One person on Twitter posted a picture of the 38-year-old actor from the set of the film with the caption “BREAKING Jamie Dornan To Be Tried At The Hague,” a reference to the International Court of Justice in Holland.
BREAKING Jamie Dornan To Be Tried At The Hague pic.twitter.com/IbXJjbDr2A
— Mallow News (@MallowNews) November 10, 2020
Another Twitter user said Dornan’s accent was so poorly executed that it sounded like “an American playing an Irish man.”
Absolutely fascinated with Jamie Dornan’s accent here. How on earth has he, an Irish man, managed to make his character sound like like an American playing an Irish man. Is this intentional. What’s going on. https://t.co/VI1W0VstH3
— Ciara McShane (@Ciara87C) November 10, 2020
Even the official Twitter account for Dublin Airport chimed in asking whether there was an official “accent police” to convict everyone involved for crimes against the Republic of Ireland.
There’s fashion police
We even have airport police
Is there such a thing as accent police?
If so, somebody better call ‘em.
On the upside, Ireland looks nice. pic.twitter.com/lHrR5cWlwq
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) November 10, 2020
The Insider lifestyle editor Kiara Keane â€” who is Irish â€” said: “I had to turn the trailer off about three seconds in because [the accents] were so bad.”
People also seemed confused by the film’s shaky aesthetic, as the costumes on display suggest the film could easily be set in the 1920s, but the appearance of modern cars and a shot of the character’s visiting modern-day New York City suggest a 21st-century love story.
Emily Blunt in Ireland:
‘’It was he that kissed me’’/ wearing 50’s shawl/ surprised to see a nice car/ has visible muck on her face .. Right so this is set in the 1950’s ? NOPE
*shows present day NYC* modern cars/clothes.. ??? This movie better be about a fucking time machine ????????♀️ https://t.co/sPr1W3ah2G
— Tara (nnosaurus rex) ???? (@ThatPrettyGirlo) November 11, 2020
Despite all the heavy criticism, the film did manage to find some support from the Irish Embassy in the US, which defended the film, tweeting: “To be fair, Irish accents are hard (we struggle with them at times). But otherwise, #WildMountainThyme looks great.”
To be fair, Irish accents are hard (we struggle with them at times). But otherwise #WildMountainThyme looks great. And, in Jamie Dornan & Emily Blunt, presents a remarkably realistic depiction, visually at least, of the average Irish man & woman. Truly, we are a beautiful people. https://t.co/B2HFOkAhJ0
— Embassy of Ireland USA (@IrelandEmbUSA) November 11, 2020
Christopher Walken, also adopting a questionable Irish accent, stars alongside Jon Hamm, who, thankfully is using his natural American accent.
You can check out the trailer here: