Before Jamie Dornan was getting freaky in any red rooms for Fifty Shades of Grey, he was (fictionally) strangling women in the excellent BBC drama The Fall. If you watched the series and ever thought to yourself, “Damn, he’s almost too good in this role,” then you might not be shocked to learn his prep work for the part involved secretly stalking a woman in London. I bet that woman would have loved to have known about it at the time.
Dornan’s particular form of method acting – although he says he’s not method – was revealed in a live chat between the actor and the L.A. Times, in which he went fully in-depth into his character Paul Spector and the abundantly arrogant confidence that serial killers like him tend to exhibit. Oddly enough, Dornan’s admission comes after he was asked about set bloopers. Here’s how he somewhat sheepishly described getting into Spector’s headspace.
Considering the copious amounts of stalkers, kidnappers and murderers on TV and in movies these days, one has to wonder just how often this kind of behavior is undertaken for an actor to get ready for a role. You can’t exactly cite “Follow the Leader” as an example of stalking skills.
Obviously, Dornan was asked how long he kept this behavior up, as going too far with this wouldn’t have been wise.
Thankfully, he didn’t go full-Spector and start messing with anyone’s underwear or anything, as he might not have had a very long career if he’d have gotten caught doing that. I love knowing that he went even this far into preparing himself for that mindset, even if it’s a complete creepster move on his part.
You can check out the whole interview below, in which Dornan talks about getting to work with Gillian Anderson and how he identified with the different aspects of the character.
If you haven’t caught up with either Season 1 or 2 of The Fall yet, you’re missing out on one of the deeper and darker dramas on TV today. Find it on Netflix now.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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