"Holy Bejaysus": 'Wild Mountain Thyme's Trailer Mocked Mercilessly In Ireland

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'Wild Mountain Thyme'

John Patrick Shanley's film stars Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan and Christopher Walken all attempting questionable Irish accents.

The first trailer for the rom-com Wild Mountain Thyme dropped Wednesday and quickly became the talk of Ireland, but not for reasons the filmmakers would have hoped, with the film mocked mercilessly for the attempted "Oirish" accents by the all-star cast.

John Patrick Shanley's film, based on his 2014 Broadway play Outside Mullingar, features a stellar lineup of Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm and inexplicably Christopher Walken. From the trailer, which simultaneously seems to be set in Ireland's past and present, the story takes place in County Mayo in southern Ireland and revolves around Blunt's Rosemary Muldoon and Dornan's Anthony Reilly, the former in love with the latter, but the latter has no idea. Meanwhile, Anthony's father, played by Walken, is trying to sell the family farm to an American cousin played by Hamm, who thankfully plays it safe using his own brogue.

After the trailer dropped it quickly went viral on social media for all the wrong reasons. Twitter users took exception to the cliches, the "Paddywhackery," the Aran cardigans, the rural setting, but most of all a fully united Ireland took pleasure in roasting the actors for their "faith and begorrah" accents, with many suggesting that Blunt, Dornan and Walken's efforts could enter the pantheon of worst Irish accents in Hollywood films to rank alongside the gold standard of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman from Far and Away.

Dornan has faced much of the scorn, particularly as he is Irish born and bred, hailing from Holywood, County Down, in Northern Ireland.

Dublin Airport, the National Leprechaun Museum, the Irish police, countless Irish comedians and stars have joined in the derision. The Irish Times culture section posted a story with the headline, "Wild Mountain Thyme trailer: What in the name of holy bejaysus is this cowpat?" and Ireland's national broadcaster RTE posted a story titled "Irish accent emergency declared after Wild Mountain Thyme trailer."

The hot topic of the film's accents also crossed the Irish Sea, with the BBC posting an investigation "Wild Mountain Thyme: Is an Irish accent the hardest to master?"

It wasn't all mockery though, the official Twitter account of Ireland's embassy in Washington, D.C., perhaps mindful of straining Ireland-U.S. relations, struck a more diplomatic tone by tweeting, "To be fair, Irish accents are hard (we struggle with them at times). But otherwise #WildMountainThyme looks great. And, in Jamie Dornan & Emily Blunt, presents a remarkably realistic depiction, visually at least, of the average Irish man & woman. Truly, we are a beautiful people."

Back in October, in an interview for People, Blunt and Dornan acknowledged that the country Irish accents needed for the film would be tough to master and that they were fearful of the reaction. "Well, Jamie's from Northern Ireland. So we were both sort of thrown in at the deep end having to do an accent that was unfamiliar," said Blunt. "I'll admit, I'm sure I had a tougher time with it than he did initially, but he's not usually one to give people tips, he's the most unpresumptuous person ever. But he assured me that I sounded Irish and I'm going to believe him. So if he's wrong, I'm going to blame him for any backlash on my accent. He has assured me it was a great Irish accent. We'll see," she added.

Dornan added: "We were both terrified, I was like, no, we're going to be good. Yeah. Admittedly, a lot easier for me. I'm from 300, 200 miles from where the movie … I'm actually from about 120 miles from where the movie is set, and Emily, there's an ocean between her and where the movie is set. Or the Irish Sea, certainly. So, it was definitely easier for me, but she's amazing. And you're just great at accents, though, aren't you Emily?"

"I mean, let's see! We're going to find out, aren't we?" Blunt replied.

Wild Mountain Thyme will hit theaters and on-demand services Dec. 11.