Essential Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson

Out of all the Irish creative dynasties, one that makes us most proud is the Gleeson family — namely veteran Irish actor Brendan Gleeson and his sons, Domhnall and Brian. From unworldly fantasies to side-busting comedy, these actors have it all. We break down Brendan’s “must watch” projects, from IN BRUGES to CALVARY and everything in between.

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Gleeson & Farrell on BANSHEES

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell talk about their roles in THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN, which sees them reuniting with the writer/director of IN BRUGES. The duo discuss how the movie tackles the cost of creating art, as well as Ireland’s natural beauty that was used throughout the story.

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Brendan Gleeson’s Skater Alter Ego

Irish actor Brandan Gleeson shares a hilarious video in advance of his SNL hosting debut. THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN actor followed the proclamation up with a demonstration of his skills. The promo video goes on to show Gleeson carelessly riding around the SNL set on a skateboard while landing kickflips and toppling over a staff member’s cue cards. It was a display worthy of Thrasher Magazine, or it would be if Gleeson didn’t trash the skate magazine soon after.

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Gleeson to host SNL

Award-winning Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is to host the iconic US TV comedy show SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE next month. The 67-year-old Dublin-born star, who is an Emmy award winner, will make his SNL debut on October 8. The show, which will be the second of its 48th season, will see Gleeson joined by Willow, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who will make her debut as musical guest.

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The new film from Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh finds Brendan Gleeson slamming his seaside cottage’s front door in Colin Farrell’s face. Why does he do this? Farrell’s character, a simple man by the name of Pádraic, proves increasingly desperate for an explanation; Gleeson’s Colm, supposedly a good friend, remains almost comically withholding. This dance continues for awhile, McDonagh reveling in the tension of the unknown. When Pádraic finally gets his answer, Colm’s delivery is punishing: “I just don’t like you no more.” And off we go.

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Gleeson’s Emmy nomination

Brendan Gleeson, a native of Dublin, has been nominated in the Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series category for the 2022 Emmy Awards for his role as Scott in STATE OF THE UNION. This is Gleeson’s second Emmy nomination. In 2009, he was nominated – and won – in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries Or Movie for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in INTO THE STORM.

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Catch up with Gleeson

Gleeson has been a screen fixture in Ireland for more than 30 years, an anchor of the local film and television industry who has also worked with the best in the business internationally: Spielberg, Scorsese, Anthony Minghella, Ridley Scott, Danny Boyle, the Coen brothers, you name it. He has played Donald Trump and Winston Churchill. He’s a versatile actor, guaranteed to bring a bit of humanity and dramatic heft, more often than not spiced with a hint of menace, or at least grumpiness.

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An Irish documentary narrated by Brendan Gleeson telling the story of the Burren region in County Clare is set to air on US television this month. BURREN: HEART OF STONE presents new evidence of human activity in Ireland 20,000 years earlier than previously thought. The two-part documentary, which attracted more than one million viewers when it aired in Ireland, will treat audiences to a visually impressive and thought-provoking story about the resilience and beauty of the famous Irish landscape.

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