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26th Nov 2020

Wild Mountain Thyme director defends movie’s accents and says Irish accents are too difficult to understand

Alan Loughnane

Wild mountain thyme

Wild Mountain Thyme… insert joke about 2020 being bad enough already.

It’s only been a couple of weeks since Wild Mountain Thyme – or more accurately, it’s been a couple of weeks since the first trailer for Wild Mountain Thyme – made its way into our lives.

Take our QUIZ on that amazing trailer here.

The film stars Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt, Christopher Walken and Jon Hamm in an adaption of director John Patrick Shanley’s own play Outside Mullingar.

Of course, the film was received with derision in Ireland on social media due to its tweedle dee accents, which sound as if they were contrived by someone who had learned about Irish accents from an Americanised Lucky Charms advert.

We have so many questions that need to be answered.

Clip via Bleecker Street

Now, John Patrick Shanley has defended the accents in the movie and said that if he had used regular Irish accents, no one would understand them.

“You have to make the accent more accessible to a global audience,” Shanley told Variety.

Both Dornan and Blunt worked with dialect coach Brendan Gunn to prepare for the roles and Variety also reported the duo listened to tapes of people from the region.

We’re not sure who these people were but we’re dying to find out, to be honest.

In other news, it’s also been revealed a new song by Sinéad O’Connor will feature in the new film in the closing credits.

So at least there’s that to look forward to when Wild Mountain Thyme is released in cinemas on 11 December.

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