Saturday 25 November 2017

'Pride and passion': Dornan on Congo heroes

Jamie Dornan poses with fans at the premiere of ‘The Siege of Jadotville’ at the Savoy in Dublin Picture: PA
Jamie Dornan poses with fans at the premiere of ‘The Siege of Jadotville’ at the Savoy in Dublin Picture: PA

Sean O'Grady

Hollywood actor Jamie Dornan has revealed the profound emotional impact his latest movie role had on him.

Dornan plays the part of Commandant Pat Quinlan in 'The Siege of Jadotville.'

The film tells the true story of a group of Irish UN peacekeepers who were ambushed by mercenaries during the Congo's brutal civil war 55 years ago.

"We were all very passionate about it. We did a boot camp. There was about 80 African lads and we sort of lectured them in a way," he told the Irish Independent. "We sat them down and told them about the history of this siege and what the aftermath was to try and get them invested in the story.

"They were crying, it was incredible. We were all very passionate about telling this story."

Jamie admitted the filming experience was made extra special by the cast, including Raw actor Sam Keeley and Life on Mars star Jason O'Meara.

"I loved being surrounded by lots of other Irish lads who were all on the same page when it comes to humour," he said. "I lucked out with a great bunch of lads."

Irish Independent

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