Hollywood star Emily Blunt has spoken of her delight after she surprised a group of Mayo drama students while filming Wild Mountain Thyme.Â
The British actress was being interviewed alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jack Whitehall by Grainne Seoige and Martin King on the Six O’Clock Show about their new movie together, Jungle Cruise.
The talented star who has been to Ireland on a number of occasions, recalled how in 2019 she was filming the much-maligned movie with Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan in Crossmolina, Co Mayo.
Emily took time out to pay a special visit to the students of Kilmoremoy Kids Drama Group where she surprised the aspiring young actors while they were rehearsing for their version of the musical Into the Woods.
Emily, who starred in the musical when it was adapted for the big screen in 2014, talked about how shocked and brilliant the students were.
She said: “I think at first they were so confused by what was going on because I was surprising them and it just wasn’t really computing.”
She added: “They were brilliant. I had no notes. They were just amazing. So cute.”
She and Dwayne spoke about the chemistry they built for Jungle Cruise, their new Disney family adventure co-starring Jack Whitehall, before the former wrestler was asked about the possibility of filming in Ireland.
âOh I would love to!” The Rock responded. Emily then jokingly asked him âI mean youâre made of Guinness, right?â To which he responded, âYes, Iâm made of Guinness.â
On her visit to Mayo, Emily also tried her hand at pulling a pint of the black stuff at The Thatch Inn pub in Crossmolina.
The pub owner demonstrated the tricky technique to her behind the bar and she told him “that looks easy”.
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Blunt asked: “But it’s all like foamy? Is that alright?”
The English actress also posed for pictures with the local pub-goers.
Jack Whitehall, meanwhile, was asked what it was like to punch The Rock, who was also producer of the film.
âHe wasnât the only producer I punched in the face,â he joked. âI mean thatâs just the way I work and a lot of people find it quite distressing but if I have a disagreement, I tend to just go straight for the punch in the face.â
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