His signature role had fans warm and bothered by the Fifty Shades Of Gray franchise.
But Jamie Dornan has certainly kept his legions of fans very happy with his latest role.
The 38-year-old actor went shirtless in the official music video for Edgar’s Prayer, which was released on Lionsgate Movies’ official YouTube account on Thursday.
In the video, Dornan’s character spends an energetic afternoon on the beach as he pours out his heart after reaching a crossroads about what he wants to do with his life.
New Debut: Jamie Dornan was featured in the official music video for Edgar’s Prayer, released on the official Lionsgate Movies YouTube account on Thursday
The song is from the comedy film Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar, which starred the actor along with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.
At the beginning of the video, Dornan’s character, Edgar, was seen hanging and falling irritated on a bed while staring into the distance.
He then suddenly turns to the camera and delivers the opening lines of the song, in which he says he feels like his ‘blood is in a pan on a stove and it’s heating me to the limit’.
Edgar then rolls off the bed and runs to a beach where he runs in front of several spectators and humorously proclaims that he is ‘a frustrated man’.
Story: In the video, Jamie Dornan’s character struggles with inner turmoil after landing at a personal crossroads
Source material: The clip is from the comedy film Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar, which was released in February
Serious talent: Josh Greenbaum-directed feature film also starred Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, who co-wrote the script
After finishing his run, Dornan’s character sat down and kicked his feet through the sand, trying to “understand all the fire that’s raging inside me.”
The actor then started walking again singing the song’s first chorus and posed a question to a nearby seagull, asking, “Am I in heaven or am I in hell?”
Edgar began performing several jumps and jumps for a duo of sun-kissed beachgoers, who were unaffected by the confused character’s athletic prowess.
The character then started spinning in place ‘like a baby ballerina’ before quickly gaining speed and drilling a hole in the sand.
Dornan’s emotional turmoil then caused him to climb a nearby palm tree while singing that he felt “like a cat in a palm tree who has decided to go into a palm tree.”
Taking It Out: During the video, Dornan’s character sings that he’s trying to understand ‘all this fire that’s raging inside me’
Deep Questions: Edgar also sings about his personal issues, asking if he’s ‘in heaven or am I in hell’
Purpose: The outburst of Dornan’s character was caused by the fact that he was torn between his dedication to the movie’s villain and the impulse to do the right thing
After completing the second chorus, Edgar began to vocalize against a delicate piano solo before a backing vocalist entered the frame and began singing with him.
After proclaiming his love for the film’s villain, played by Kristen Wiig, he rips open his shirt and takes to the waves, singing the song’s final chorus with the other singer.
At the end of the video, the character falls to his knees in the water and concludes that he is ‘in hell’.
Shortly after the film’s release in February, Dornan spoke to Uproxx and gave the media its take on how the scene in Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar fit.
‘It is so ridiculous what happens, but it is a very bizarre way of asking something or looking for answers. It’s just that stupid, but it made sense in this whole world of follies we find ourselves in, ‘he said.
Getting Help: At one point, a backup singer arrived who accompanied the character throughout the rest of the song
That’s the way it goes: At the end of the song, Edgar understands the fact that he’s ‘in hell’
Have Fun: During an interview with Uproxx, Dornan thought about the scene and commented that it was ‘so ridiculous’
The actor also noted that the scene served as a warning to the audience that the movie was starting to dig deeper into the absurdity.
“It’s definitely tricky, but I feel like this” prayer “almost acts as a catalyst for, oh, now it’s going to get really weird. It sets the tone in the best way, ”he noted.
Dornan concluded that while his kids enjoy watching the song-and-dance number, he is always reminded of the physical exertion he put into the scene.
He said, “I can look at it with the kids, but I can’t look at it without remembering how burning the sand was at the time and how sweaty I was at the time.”
Let everyone know: The actor also spoke about how the scene fitted into the rest of the movie, noting that ‘it sets the tone in the best way’
Fan Favorite: Dornan noted that his children were fans of the musical number, although he is usually reminded of the physical effort put into the production