Jamie Dornan Stalked a Woman to Prep For Playing a Serial Killer on 'The Fall'

By Vivian Kane | Celebrity | April 2, 2015 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | Celebrity | April 2, 2015 |



Jamie Dornan loves to talk about the crazy things he does for character research. That time he went to a sex dungeon to prep for 50 Shades of Grey? That’s kind of a fun story (for a super boring movie). But this? This character study bullshit Dornan decided would be helpful for his role on The Fall, in which he plays a “husband and father who moonlights as a psychopath serial killer with a fetish for tying up his victims before killing them”? This is not a fun story.

“The first series, I did do a couple of things to try to get inside [his mind]. On the tube, which is our underground system” — Dornan began with his anecdote before stopping himself.

“Can we get arrested for this? Hold on … this is a really bad reveal: I, like, followed a woman off the train one day to see what it felt like to pursue someone like that.”

Dornan said he kept his distance from his target, and once she reached her stop, lurked behind her for a couple of blocks. And the resulting feeling was one that helped understand Spector’s compulsion on some level.

“It felt kind of exciting, in a really sort of dirty way,” he added. “I’m sort of not proud of myself. But I do honestly think I learned something from it, because I’ve obviously never done any of that. It was intriguing and interesting to enter that process of ‘what are you following her for?’ and ‘what are you trying to find out?”


Hey, Jamie Dornan, here’s a bit of advice for something I would have hoped you would instinctively know but apparently not: DON’T DO THIS. Strangers— especially strange women walking alone— are not your props. They are not your acting coach. They’re not there to help you be better at your job. And if you think this is harmless because you kept your distance and she didn’t even know you were following her, YOU DON’T KNOW THAT. Women are fucking aware of their surroundings (at least some of us are, some of the time). Sure, maybe she didn’t see see you, and everyone left that day no worse off. Or maybe she had her keychain pepper spray clutched in her pocket, or her phone with 911 dialed and her finger over the call button. You have no idea, and your Netflix show is not worth terrifying a stranger over. This is not a fun game, Jamie Dornan.

Via LA Times.


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