Jamie Dornan has defended his participation in the “cringeworthy” celebrity cover of John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’, after receiving backlash.
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot recruited a-list stars, including Jamie, to take part in the video – which was deemed “out of touch” by social media users.
Speaking on the Tea With Me podcast, the 37-year-old admitted that he was roped into the video by his friend Kristen Wiig, but insisted Gal was “trying to do a good thing”.
“Kristen and I did a movie together last summer that’s meant to be coming out on July 31 but who knows what will happen,” he revealed.
“Kristen texted, ‘Gal and I are trying to organise this thing to lift spirits.’ So I was like: ‘Of course I’ll do it.’ Then she texted days later saying, ‘Sorry.'”
“Not being on social media, I wasn’t aware of the reaction – but was made aware by mates,” he admitted.
The video was an attempt to lift people’s spirits amid the coronavirus pandemic.
However, social media users quickly condemned the video after it’s release, because the people that appeared in it seem to be isolating in luxury.
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Jamie said he could understand why some people were unimpressed with the video.
“I’ll tell you what the problem was. I literally did mine in the toilet of my house. Quite clearly, some people had escaped to their second home,” he said.
“There’s too much acreage in the background, too many beautiful trees swaying in the background, clearly in front of an ocean, that sort of craic. I was quite aware of that whenever I was doing it, to make it normal.”
Other celebrities that were included in the video were Mark Ruffalo, Will Ferrell, Chris O’Dowd, and Natalie Portman.