Thursday 22 February 2018

'I hope to shoot new film with my boys but it's hard to get everyone in the one room' - Brendan Gleeson

Family affair: Brian, Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson
Family affair: Brian, Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson

Sean O'Grady

Brendan Gleeson has said he hopes to work again with his sons, fellow actors Brian and Domhnall, later this year as they have been too busy to get together.

The trio starred together in a production of The Walworth Farce in 2014, and Brendan is hoping they can reunite in the coming months to work on a short film that has been written by his youngest son, Rory.

"I'm hoping to do a short with the lads soon, with Brian and Domhnall if I can, but it's hard to get everyone in the one room" Brendan said.

"I want to test the water myself a little bit."

The Gleeson clan: From left, Domhnall, Brian and Brendan in The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh
The Gleeson clan: From left, Domhnall, Brian and Brendan in The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh

Brian (29) most recently starred in blockbuster Assassin's Creed opposite Michael Fassbender while Domhnall (34) will next be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He also voices a character in animated film Peter Rabbit.

Brendan's latest film, Hampstead, a romantic drama which also stars Diane Keaton, is released today, with the 62-year-old describing his co-star as "brilliant" and "completely herself".

Speaking about the recent appointment of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach, the Harry Potter star said he was glad to see some change happening.

"I just think it's really important that we pass the baton on," he said.

"I grew up in a time -apart from the North which hopefully won't re-emerge as a place of violence - but in terms of being lucky, my generation was. I was born 10 years after World War Two. I feel really lucky."

Brendan hopes the political climate is beginning to change following Emmanuel Macron's election as president of France, in contrast to more controversial decisions such as Brexit and Donald Trump winning the American presidential election.

"The way people are being ostracised and the divide between rich and poor, it has to stop," he told Ian Dempsey on Today FM.

Brendan praised young people getting involved in politics and cited 2015's marriage equality referendum.

"It's brilliant so many young people got out and got involved," he said. "We had the referendum here where (for) the first time people felt if they went out and voted they could actually change things."

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