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Not so serious Jamie Dornan had the time of his life in first ever comedy movie

All my slate is very dramatic and very dark. And I love doing that, but there’s this other side of me that has always wanted to release a version of myself and let something go out of myself that is probably closer to me"

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Jamie Dornan during the filming for the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Jamie Dornan during the filming for the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Jamie Dornan during the filming for the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Jamie Dornan has revealed he had the time of his life on his first comedy movie, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

The Fifty Shades actor said he was thrilled to throw off his dark movie image and have some fun on Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s follow-up to 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

“I just wouldn’t have been considered for comedies for lots of different reasons - mostly because I’ve played characters that aren’t remotely funny,” said the 38-year-old star.

“All my slate is very dramatic and very dark. And I love doing that, but there’s this other side of me that has always wanted to release a version of myself and let something go out of myself that is probably closer to me.

“And I’m a grown up, I’ve got responsibilities, but often I’m not serious at all.

“So this just suited me very well. If you’re gonna do your first comedy, like, just make sure you do it with you know, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.

“That’s just the dream team to find myself with, I feel like a very lucky, lucky boy and I’d love to do more of it.”

The Fall star said he was delighted when first sent a script by Kristen Wiig.

“I guess people I’d worked with had told her I was funny, so they got in her ear,” he revealed.

“So someone suggested they send it to me and she didn’t think I would like it.

“But just off the title, I was sold. I was like, ‘When do they start? I’ll do it for free.’

“I got on FaceTime with the director, Josh Greenbaum, and we were on there for two hours just making each other laugh so much. And he said, ‘Let’s do this.’”

Variety calls the movie “a bright, joyous ode to female friendships” and the “proudly silly film combines elements of a spy thriller, musical and rom-com wrapped in a candy-coloured fever dream that will leave audiences smiling — and humming a few tunes.”

Dornan plays Edgar, a man who travels to Vista Del Mar and becomes entwined with the pair.

He’s there at the request of his boss/girlfriend Sharon Gordon Fisherman, an evil mastermind who wants to kill the inhabitants of her former town.

The lovesick Edgar even sings a power ballad while dancing, twirling and leaping across the beach.

It’s a moment that is earning raves for the actor, who holds nothing back in the comedy.

The actor said the role was closest to his own personality, despite the serial killers and sadists he has played on screen.

“It’s funny, when we were doing my big song and dance number, I had my family with me,” he said.

“I was doing that song, I was on a jetski and it was really windy and I was just being so stupid but having the time of my life.

“I got off and went up my wife and she said, ‘Do they know that you’re just like, being yourself?’”

Dornan, who has three young daughters with composer wife Amelia Warner, said it took a full two days to record his singing scene in the intense heat of Mexico’s Cancun.

And he revealed he would love the chance to do a sequel.

“I was hopeful that they weren’t gonna just turn and kill Edgar at some point towards the end,” he said.

“Because I was like, if this hits and people like it, there’s an appetite… I think they’ve definitely knocked around a few titles, let’s put it that way.

“We all had a bit of fun one day, coming up with destinations for them to go on after.

“So listen, if they want to go again, and they want me to be involved, it would be the easiest yes of my life.”

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