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‘From my observations, the first reaction by Irish people to everything having to do with Ireland by anybody else is ‘no’ – Wild Mountain Thyme writer John Patrick Shanley

The Oscar-winning screenwriter on why film audiences here rarely enjoy an outsider’s take

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Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt in John Patrick Shanley's 'Wild Mountain Thyme'

Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt in John Patrick Shanley's 'Wild Mountain Thyme'

Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt in John Patrick Shanley's 'Wild Mountain Thyme'

Even before he started to make his recent drama Wild Mountain Thyme, screenwriter and director John Patrick Shanley warned the cast, including Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt, not to expect love from Irish audiences and critics. So, when the vicious criticism came, he was the least surprised of all.

If you chase the Irish looking for love, you’ll be disappointed,” Shanley (70) tells the Irish Independent from his home in Brooklyn, New York.


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