It seems Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan's new critically-panned feature, Wild Mountain Thyme, was fueled by more than just mediocre accents and a questionable plot, rather a mysterious beverage known only as "Acting Juice". Over the course of the film's five-week shoot in Ireland's County Mayo, Dornan says he found himself under the "highly caffeinated" influence after his costar introduced himself to the questionable drink.
"I turn up ready to play and then we get to play-- that's the way it is -- and usually I don't have any influences outside of that," he recalled to Observer. "But suddenly, I had this highly caffeinated influence. I don't know what was going on."
What he did know, however, was that the drink made him feel less than stellar on set. "I don't know what it feels like to have a heart attack, but I feel like this makes you feel like you're nearly going to have one," the former model explained. "In a weird way, sometimes that’s appropriate for some of the scenes that we're doing and sometimes not at all. But sometimes, it felt good to get to that place."
Despite feeling like actual death, it seems this pretty unpleasant-sounding substance did a number on his performance, with the actor saying he at one point "sort of convinced myself that I could never act again without this stuff," however, quarantine seemingly forced him to break the habit.
"I managed to do a film during lockdown with Kenneth Branagh, and I didn't have any 'acting juice' and it went pretty well. So, hopefully, I'm not reliant on it."
And narrowly avoiding chemical dependence seems to be a particularly good thing in this scenario. Even after allegedly guzzling the stuff for weeks on end, Dornan says he has no memory of the drink's name, a trait typically more associated with more, erm, adult beverages than what sounds like a nuclear bomb of pure caffeine. "I'm going to have to ask Emily what it was called, and she probably still has loads of it," he said. "Her apartment in New York had a wall or a stack of it, and she was introduced to it by Dwayne Johnson. They had just worked together and he had sent her some or something -- I don't know, but she had a load of it."
While apparently mimicking massive cardiovascular failures, the stuff is apparently good enough to warrant a glowing endorsement -- if he could just nail down the drink's damn name. "Actually, it's terrible because I should be giving them a shoutout," he said. "I don't even know what the stuff is called."
So reader, if you're looking to get your hands on the grown-up equivalent of Honey Boo Boo's "Go Go Juice," you may just have to find Emily Blunt, or well, The Rock, and ask them about this magical substance yourself. Alas!