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Monday 22 September 2014

Red carpet is a family affair for the Gleesons

Published 14/02/2014 | 08:14

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SCREEN legend Brendan Gleeson may be one of the leading Irish actors of his generation, but his son Domhnall is snapping at his heels.

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Far from developing a rivalry though, Gleeson Snr has said that working with the his son in his latest film Calvary has been a fantastic experience, even if it was a bit of a culture shock for the rising star.

"Domhnall had come from working in Russia to getting in to a tractor on his way to Sligo," Brendan said, referring to his son's burgeoning international career.

Domhnall (30) has seen his career take off in recent years, starring in a string of big movies including True Grit, Anna Karenina and About Time. Both Gleesons previously appeared in the Harry Potter series.

The pair last night took time to pose for pictures with fans at the Dublin premiere of Calvary where Brendan plays Father James, a priest who has a week to put his affairs in order after being told he is marked for murder during a confession.

The red carpet was rolled out for the event which marked the beginning of another Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

The screening, held at the Savoy cinema in Dublin, also saw the likes of Dylan Moran, Killian Scott and Pat Shortt turn out. Calvary is a comic thriller that reunites writer-director John Michael McDonagh with Gleeson for the first time since they made The Guard.

12-Feb-2014_Brendan Gleeson at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival opening night at the Savoy, Dublin.
Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.
Brendan Gleeson

It enjoyed its world premiere at Sundance in the US last month and was a hit with audiences.

The film is the second of a trilogy of movies for director McDonagh.

He said he's hoping will star Brendan once again.

"Brendan is the only actor I would send a first draft too," he said.

The 12th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival continues until February 23.

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