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The Tourist star Jamie Dornan declares Australians are ‘just like the Irish’

Jamie Dornan spent five months filming The Tourist in the Australian Outback (Picture: BBC/Two Brothers Pictures/Ian Routledge)

The worlds of TV and film are rife with stories of out-of-control egos and delusions of grandeur.

Yet for five months in the Australian Outback, Jamie Dornan was legitimately allowed to call himself ‘The Man’ – the name of his character in BBC1’s new six-part series The Tourist.

‘Hopefully, I didn’t ever strut around doing that on set,’ he grins over Zoom.

‘Unless I was five games unbeaten on the pool table, and then I’m actually making people call me The Man, getting T-shirts printed and stuff.’

Much of The Tourist was shot out of a one-horse town in South Australia, where Dornan’s nameless character wakes up after being driven off the road by an enormous lorry.

He awakens Jason Bourne-style, nursing injuries and with no memory of who he is or why he has pitched up in such a vast, unforgiving landscape.

Much of the series was filmed on location in the Australian Outback (Picture: BBC/Two Brothers Pictures/Ian Routledge)

With assistance from Danielle Macdonald’s trainee police officer Helen and Shalom Brune-Franklin’s enigmatic waitress Luci, The Man begins to piece his life back together.

The experience of filming in such remote areas has left its mark on the series and the cast.

‘We filmed in similar areas to [2005 horror] Wolf Creek,’ says Brune-Franklin, her Aussie accent unmistakeable. ‘It’s a really isolating and scary place.’

‘There’s an obscurity to it that creates an immediate intrigue,’ adds Dornan. ‘The Outback is pitched as one of those places where weird stuff happens and you get a visceral sense of that while you’re out there, hearing stories of people being picked up by the road and never seen again.’

Lasting five months with a lot of early starts, it was an exhausting shoot but the experience only enhanced Dornan’s respect for Australians.

The cars in the show were apparently a struggle to drive (Picture: BBC/Two Brothers Pictures/Ian Routledge)

‘I’ve always really liked Aussies but not spent enough time with them, so to be surrounded by so many was brilliant,’ he says. ‘They remind me of the Irish.’

The cast also needed fortitude, not least when faced with a selection of cars that were not, to put it mildly, goers.

‘A prerequisite for this show was that all the cars were impossible to drive,’ says Brune-Franklin. ‘I don’t know how many takes got ruined by me not being able to exit my car or not being able to turn it.’

Dornan, meanwhile, was bemused and perturbed by how the cars were regarded by local wildlife – a conundrum even The Man would struggle to solve.

‘I hope Australians aren’t offended by this,’ he says, as Brune-Franklin snorts with laughter.

‘But I don’t think kangaroos are that bright. The roadsides are littered with dead roos – you’d think they’d bounce out there, see a load of their mates dead and go, “Should we hang back a bit from the road, lads?” But they don’t. It’s the maddest thing.”

Catch-up with The Tourist now on BBC iPlayer


Credit: Original article published here.

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