Tuesday 23 July 2019

Jamie Dornan admits to feeling 'slightly scarred' by acting as The Fall's serial killer

Jamie Dornan in The Fall.
Jamie Dornan in The Fall.
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Actor and Comedian Bill Murray hugs 50 Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan as they walk of the 12th tee during round one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland. Photo: Kenny Smith/PA Wire.
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 02: Jamie Dornan of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the 6th hole during the first round of the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Championship Links at Carnoustie on October 2, 2014 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Jamie Dornan thinks there's a "time and a place" to watch serial killers on YouTube.

The actor plays psychopath Paul Spector in TV series The Fall, which also stars Gillian Anderson as a detective.

He hit up the internet to research his murderous onscreen alter-ego, but wouldn't recommend everyone do the same without mentally preparing first.

"There are plenty of interviews on YouTube with guys like Ted Bundy and they are totally fascinating, whether you're planning on playing a serial killer or not..." he revealed to British magazine OK!

"But there's a time and a place!"

It's pretty different to Jamie's hotly anticipated role as Christian Grey in upcoming erotic romance movie Fifty Shades of Grey. And the 32-year-old found it hard to switch off from The Fall at times.

"You can't fail to be left slightly scarred by inhabiting someone like that for two seasons," he admitted.

"I carry elements of him with me. In a worrying way, I find him relatable. I have to be careful how I use that, but I have a greater understanding of why he is how he is."

He added that towards the end of filming, he managed to "scare" himself.

The Fall has received some criticism for its violence towards women. But Jamie doesn't see it as misogynistic and would partially see himself as a feminist.

"I don't think if you looked up all the main points of feminism I would tick every one essentially myself," he reasoned.

"I've never totally described myself as a feminist but I have values and I'm well aware what my character is doing is wrong."

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