Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan admits stalking woman on London Tube to prepare for serial killer role in The Fall
Jamie Dornan has revealed he briefly 'stalked' a woman to better understand his role as serial killer Paul Spector in The Fall.
The 32-year-old actor from Holywood, Co Down, explained he employed the unusual tactic during an online interview with the Los Angeles Times.
The rising Hollywood star said he wanted to better understand the character of Paul Spector, who he described as "deeply troubled", "a monster" and "incapable of empathy".
"The first series, I did do a couple of things to try to get inside [his mind]," Jamie said.
"On the Tube, which is our underground system in London... Can we get arrested for this? Hold on... this is a really bad reveal. I, like, followed a woman off the train one day to see what it felt like to pursue someone like that."
Dornan is currently on the Emmy Awards campaign trail in the US to promote his work with Gillian Anderson in the Belfast-made series.
Dornan explained the 'stalking' was "half-hearted".
He said he kept his distance from the woman and the excitement he felt helped him explore Spector's compulsion to hunt down women.
"It felt kind of exciting, in a really sort of dirty way," he added. "I'm sort of not proud of myself. But I do honestly think I learned something from it, because I've obviously never done any of that in my life. It was intriguing and interesting to sort of enter that process of, 'what are you following her for?' and 'what are you trying to find out? so that was interesting."
Earlier this month the BBC confirmed Dornan and Anderson would return for the third series of the popular crime thriller drama.
Previously Dornan - who is married to actress Amelia Warner - revealed he visited a fetish sex club to research his role as billionaire Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey.
The movie, released on Valentine's Day, has been globally successful. It is based on the first in a trilogy of EL James' erotic books.
The film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson recently revealed she has left the franchise and will not direct the two other films, but Dornan and co-star Dakota Johnson are expected to return for the follow-ups.