Jamie Dornan has opened up for the first time about being in Nice during the Bastille Day tragedy. The actor was staying in the French Rivera, where on July 14 a lone terrorist killed 85 people and injured more than 200 on the Promenade des Anglais. "It was, as you can imagine, a bloody awful situation," the star told Comingsoon.net, adding, "You'd be affected by it wherever you were in the world."
The Northern Irish actor was in France with Dakota Johnson filming Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the hit 2015 flick Fifty Shades of Grey. While most of the cast and crew commuted to set from Monaco, Jamie and his wife Amelia and their two daughters decided to reside in Nice.
Recalling the aftermath of the tragedy, the 34-year-old said, "The first thing everyone has to work out was is everybody safe, is the whole crew and cast safe. Then you have the strange thing of the next day still trying to make this movie that's costing millions of dollars to put together. There's this contractual obligation to work the next day, which is a very strange environment to work in."
Jamie admitted that it felt "very frivolous and wrong" to return to set to make a "silly movie" after such a tragic event.
Production on the film has since wrapped and the actor is currently busy promoting his upcoming movie The 9th Life of Louis Drax. The thriller, which was filmed in Vancouver, co-stars Aaron Paul and Toronto native Sarah Gadon.