Jamie Dornan says playing Paul Spector in The Fall “scarred him”


Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson in The FallThere’s much excitement as the PR machine for the second series of The Fall cranks into action. The cogs beginning to turn means one thing – it is imminent. One of the crime drama hits of last year, it pitted the glacial DSI Stella Gibson (an incredible Gillian Anderson) against terrifying serial strangler Paul Spector in a dark, disturbing and gripping cat and mouse chase. For Jamie Dornan – who’s fast becoming a global superstar – has said that playing the psychopath hasn’t done him any favours.

At the launch yesterday, Dornan held court and told journalists:

“You can’t fail to be left slightly scarred by inhabiting someone like that for two seasons. I do carry elements of him with me in a worrying way. I find him relatable … I have a deep understanding of him and why he is why he is.

He had such distaste for everything. You do carry some of that anger and that hatred in you a little bit, especially towards the end of a few months playing him.”

After watching the first series you can understand why. Spector’s modus operandi was stalking of the creepiest nature, killing his prey quietly and carefully, and washing and cleaning his victims’ bodies methodically. These were some of the most intense, graphic and disturbing scenes we’ve ever seen in a British crime drama. They led to many people suggesting that this was, in fact, nothing more than an exercise in gratuity and helped to perpetuate a cycle of violence towards women.

Alan Cubitt, who created The Fall and directs series two, said yesterday:

“Obviously there were a lot of people who thought the diametric opposite of that. But there were plenty of people who understood what I was trying to achieve. In a sense it’s a dissection of a certain kind of male view, an exploration of misogyny.

Anything that sets out to explore a complex and difficult subject like that always runs the risk of being held up as being an example of it, rather than a critique of it. Obviously if you think The Fall is misogynistic then I would have failed completely, abjectly.”

The Fall starts in November.



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