50 Shades actor Jamie Dornan was in town on Monday for the Irish premiere of The Siege of Jadotville, a film based on the true story of a battalion of Irish UN peacekeepers dispatched to the Congo during the 1960s.
It's an incredible story that has been lost in the history books about the siege of a 150-strong Irish UN 'A Company' under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. The men defended themselves bravely with remarkably no loss of lives, only for the story to be turned on its head when they returned home as they found themselves branded cowards and became known as the Jadotville jacks.
The movie features a predominantly Irish cast, including Jason O'Mara and Sam Keeley, as well as Guillaume Canet, Mikael Persbrandt and Mark Strong.
We had a chance to chat to Jamie Dornan about his part in bringing this remarkable tale to the silver screen, alongside Richie Smyth, who made his movie directorial debut with this flick.
Jamie chatted about how he didn't need any convincing to got involved with this project, what it was like to shoot, and how he took on his first ever Kerry accent for the role. We also managed to sneak in a question about the upcoming third season of The Fall, but he, very kindly, told us he unfortunately couldn't say anything "because there's quite major twists and turns that happen pretty early on in the series that have really changed the course of events, so if I even allude to any of them in any way, it's going to ruin it."
No dice, essentially.
Have a look at the full interview below;
We also met Jason O'Mara, who plays Sgt. Jack Prendergast, alongside Sam Keeley, who had the role of the unit's sniper, Bill.
O'Mara can also soon be seen in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he is set to play the new director, while Keeley has previously starred in RTE's Raw, as well as roles in Burnt and Anthropoid.
The Siege of Jadotville was released in cinemas on September 19th, and will be available on Netflix from October 7th.