Thursday 19 September 2019

'I cannot describe how cool it was' - Domhnall Gleeson on working with brother Brian and A-list cast on Mother!

Brendan Gleeson and his sons, Brian and Domhnall. Picture: Colin Keegan
Brendan Gleeson and his sons, Brian and Domhnall. Picture: Colin Keegan

Jim Gallagher

Domhnall Gleeson has described the joy of working with his brother Brian and some of the world's biggest stars in psychological horror movie Mother!

The 36-year-old Dubliner had mentioned his 31-year-old sibling to writer and director Darren Aronofsky and both ended up auditioning.

"Luckily, it worked out with the two of us doing it together," Domhnall said.

"We'd also done a play together that year, so it was very special.

Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence in Darren Aronofsky's Mother!
Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence in Darren Aronofsky's Mother!
Actress Jennifer Lawrence and director Darren Aronofsky attend an official Academy screening of MOTHER! hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at MOMA - Celeste Bartos Theater on September 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences )

"It was really amazing, especially since we were able to turn up in the middle of such a great cast - Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Javier Bardem.

"To turn up in the middle of those people… to actually be working with those people, me and Brian from Dublin turning up.

Brendan Gleeson with sons Brian and Domhnall Gleeson in Psychic
Brendan Gleeson with sons Brian and Domhnall Gleeson in Psychic

"That was just unbelievably cool. I cannot describe how cool it was."

Mother! followed a young woman, played by Lawrence, whose tranquil life with her husband at their country home is disrupted by the arrival of mysterious strangers.

"You want to work with good people. Good people tend to make you better, whether you're supporting them or leading them," said Domhnall.

"You just want to be around good people.

"I've worked with some of the best people, and it seems to me like my work gets better if the people I'm working with are great.

"The ego benefits from being able to say to people, 'I'm doing scenes with Elisabeth Moss next week'."

Domhnall, who plays evil General Hux in the Star Wars movies, said he loved working with The Handmaid's Tale star Moss in The Kitchen.

"I've worked with some of the most amazing people in the world, and when you're looking to learn, I look to actors more than directors because that's what I am," he said.

"Tom Hardy is so different from Saoirse Ronan. There is no common thread.

"They're all individual, and the struggles that they have in terms of how to make it better is all totally different than the other person.

"Their way of solving it is totally different."

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