Gleeson gives father and son act a shot
Published 11/03/2010 | 05:00
ACTOR Brendan Gleeson spoke last night of the conflict he felt calling for his own son to be shot in a new Irish gangster film.
In crime movie 'Perrier's Bounty', the 55-year-old actor appears alongside son Domhnall Gleeson. Set in Dublin, the thriller features Cillian Murphy as one of three fugitives fleeing Gleeson's drug boss Darren Perrier.
But when Murphy's character uses a small-time dealer called Clifford, played by Domhnall Gleeson, as a human shield to escape, Gleeson's character orders his men to "shoot him".
Speaking at the European premier of 'Perrier's Bounty' last night in Dublin's Savoy Cinema, Brendan Gleeson said: "I was a bit conflicted there. It wasn't pleasant to watch. He does get a going over," he said.
However Gleeson said that overall it had been a joy working with his eldest son.
"It's always a bonus acting with Domhnall because he is a real talent. We can talk frankly to one another," said Gleeson.
Domhnall Gleeson (26) originally worked behind the camera but made his name after being nominated for a Tony Award for his role in a Broadway production of Martin McDonagh's play 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore'. Since then he has appeared in films 'Six Shooter', 'Boy Eats Girl' and 'The Last Furlong'.
According to Ian Fitzgibbon, the director of 'Perrier's Bounty', Brendan Gleeson's character calling for his own son to be shot came about by accident.
"We cast Domhnall in the film before his dad. It only occurred to us after Brendan came on board, he would have to order the death of his own son.
How did Brendan deal with it? "I think he quite enjoyed it," joked Fitzgibbon, whose screen credits include 'A Film With Me In It' and 'Paths To Freedom'.
Despite being set in Dublin, some of the exteriors for the film were shot in London.
"It's only across the water and we have inherited so much of their architecture. You weren't looking at a street going 'that's not Dublin', but there's plenty of Dublin in the film too," said Fitzgibbon who described it as a "modern-day western".
Tommy Tiernan and wife Yvonne, Sharon and Andrea Corr and Amy Huberman were among the VIPs who attended the screening in The Savoy.