JAMIE Dornan has said that rumors of an Oscar nod for the lead role in Belfast “filled him with pride”.
The story focuses on the perception of a child, Buddy, and his working-class Belfast family in the tumultuous late 1960s Northern Ireland.
As a city dweller, Jamie admits that he feels more pressured to be an actor playing Pa in the movie.
He said: “It’s funny. I feel really lucky to have played characters from Belfast so much in my career.
“I really want to – if I get the chance – to do it for the rest of my career but this is just one time to make a movie that literally takes the town you’re from.
“So it carries a lot of significance and for me personally it’s of great importance because I left Belfast 20 years ago.
“And I’ve spent a lot of my 20 years traveling around with great pride telling people I’m from Belfast and seeing all kinds of reactions about it.
“Anything that can help change, be it the negative narrative that people have pinned on Northern Ireland, is very important to me.
“And I think this movie did a great job of showing another side of the origins of the conflict and the people who got caught up in it, the people who didn’t want to start, the people who weren’t looking for it.”
And as awards season rolls around, there are rumors that Belfast could be nominated at the Oscars.
Jamie explains that even the thought of it happening makes him proud.
He said on tonight’s Six O’Clock Show: “Even hearing you say it gets everyone on the island excited is great for us.
“I think it’s an important film for the people of Ireland and the whole set of awards, it’s fun.
“Apart from anything else, it’s just a little laugh. That there are people on that stage, talking about this little place, on this little island that we’re from.
“That makes me proud and whatever the outcome, it’s just class.”
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And his co-star Caitriona Balfe, who plays Ma, has told how she drew inspiration from her own mother for the role.
“Fortunately, much of the content is already on this site,” she said. hers.
“Having her as a mother, but as a wife and then her own personal battle with her own personal fears as an individual. She just felt it. very full.
“Obviously I have an Irish girl, it’s great to be able to bring back a lot of the inspiration my mother gave me in that role.
“But it’s also just Irish women in general, their ferocity. In general I think we’re quick to anger but also quick to laugh, quick to fall in love.
“It’s lovely to bring that into a role.”
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