Jamie Dornan is happy to get silly, even showing up for an interview sporting a bikini t-shirt, swag from his new film. The film in question is “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s follow-up to their 2011’s Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Bridesmaids.” A bright, joyous ode to female friendships, the proudly silly film combines elements of a spy thriller, musical and rom-com wrapped in a candy-colored fever dream that will leave audiences smiling — and humming a few tunes.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is Dornan — an actor known for his work in dramas in “Fifty Shades of Gray” or TV’s “The Fall” — who plays Edgar, a man who journeys to Vista Del Mar and becomes entwined with the pair. He’s there at the behest of his boss/girlfriend Sharon Gordon Fisherman, an evil mastermind who wants to kill the inhabitants of her former town. The lovesick Edgar, who doesn’t get that Fisherman is just not that into him, even sings a power ballad while dancing, twirling and leaping across the beach. It’s a moment that is earning raves and buzz for the actor, who holds nothing back in a comedy that also features a mermaid, killer mosquitoes and a talking crab.