Jamie Dornan says Irish people are ‘uncomfortable’ with success

The actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss his new film 'Belfast'.

Jamie Dornan (Ian West/PA)

Clodagh Meaney

Actor Jamie Dornan appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show in the US last night and told the legendary presenter that Irish people are ‘uncomfortable’ with success.

The 39-year-old from Holywood, County Down appeared on the chat show to discuss his new movie ‘Belfast’.

The film is a black and white coming of age story set in 1960’s Belfast during the troubles. The semi-autobiographical tale chronicles the life of a working-class family and their young son's childhood as he comes to grasp the political climate he has found himself growing up in. Jamie stars alongside Catriona Balfe, Jude Hill, Ciaran Hinds and Lewis McAskie.

Dornan, who plays Pa in the flick written and directed by Kenneth Brannagh, proves he is a multi-talented star as he performs the 1968 hit ‘Everlasting Love’ in the film. However, Belfast is not the first movie where he shows off his vocal abilities, Jamie also sang in 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and 'Barb and Star Got to Vista Del Mar'.

“I know this will embarrass you, but I want to point out that not only is the movie getting great reviews, but your performance, yourself, you’re getting great reviews, and I know that’s not something that you dwell on,” Jimmy told Jamie to an eruption of applause by the audience.

Further into their conversation, Jimmy asks if the 50 Shades of Grey actor is a “returning hero” when he goes back to his homestead.

It's funny, I think anyone from the whole island of Ireland... we're not great at... we're quite uncomfortable with success,' he admitted.

Caitríona Balfe as Ma with Jamie Dornan in Belfast.

'You don't want to be seen to be achieving too much. It doesn't look well,' he added with a laugh. 'There's a bit of like, "Who does he think he is? Gone after America," you know and doing well.'

To which Jimmy tells him that a lot of people from Boston, where there is a huge Irish population, have the exact same attitude.

“You're sort of embarrassed by your own success, you can't talk about it too much. I would get a bit of a hard time if I started going ‘I was on Jimmy Kimmel the other night’, you know what I mean?” he laughed.

Jamie, who attended the Irish premiere of the film in Belfast last week alongside his wife Amelia, also appeared at the L.A premiere on Monday.

At the after party, Jamie took to the stage with a full band to serenade the audience with ‘Everlasting Love’.

After the audience clapped at the clip of his performance, Jamie said: “That was the perfect amount of dirty vodka martinis and wine with dinner to get the courage to make that decision.”

When asked if he has ever been asked to record an album, light-hearted Jamie joked “no, and I don’t think [they will].”

“That’s the sort of thing, being from where I come from, would be a big no-no, ‘hey lads, I’m releasing an album’ - no,” he laughed wagging his finger.

‘Belfast’ hits Irish cinemas from January 21st, 2022.

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