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Brendan Gleeson talks The Guard

The Guard

Story by Jack Foley

AS Brendan Gleeson’s The Guard opens the Edinburgh Film Festival, the actor has been talking about what drew him to this latest slice of subversive humour from the McDonagh family.

The film marks the directorial debut of John McDonagh (the brother of In Bruges director Martin) and finds Gleeson starring alongside US actor Don Cheadle as an outspoken police sergeant on Ireland’s West Coast who suddenly finds himself investigating a drug trafficking ring.

It boasts the same kind of edgy, subversive humour as In Bruges and a similar sensibility. But while recognising the similarities, Gleeson also was drawn to the differences.

“You can’t imagine [my character] Gerry Boyle in the world of In Bruges, you just can’t. It’s a different thing,” he said, before acknowledging that both brothers are “completely merciless on themselves and on others at times in terms of the work that goes in, the care with which lines are crafted, and the care with which shots are framed”.

when asked if he felt drawn to the type of comedy displayed in both films now, Gleeson added: “Nobody writes like that, though. To get something that had that vitality, coming from a place of truth… people can’t write like that. It doesn’t happen very often and that’s the honest truth. You don’t get scripts like that. So, I felt incredibly lucky that it happened not once but twice and hopefully it’ll happen again.”

The Guard opens the Edinburgh Film Festival today (Wednesday, June 15). You can read our full interview with Brendan Gleeson when the film opens in UK cinemas in August.

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