Sunday 15 December 2019

'Oscars razzmatazz is just not my thing,' says Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson at the premiere for Atlantic
Brendan Gleeson at the premiere for Atlantic

Ciara Traecy

It may be the most prestigious night in the showbiz calendar - but actor Brendan Gleeson says he could "leave behind" the Oscars.

The Dubliner said he had "no idea" who would pick up an award on Sunday evening.

Gleeson conceded publicising a film "was a good thing", but that he could "leave the rest of the stuff behind."

His son Domhnall has appeared in the Oscar-nominated The Revenant, and he said he was impressed with the standard of Irish acting talent coming to the fore.

"I felt really optimistic about the kind of actors that are coming up," he said.

"There's a great crowd of kids coming through - it's the best that I can remember."

He also said he'd love to share the screen with sons Brian and Domhnall again soon, explaining: "We're always looking out for stuff. We'll see. We're always tossing ideas around."

Gleeson was speaking at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival's (ADIFF) screening of Atlantic, a Risteard O'Domhnaill documentary for which he provided the voiceover.

"I was delighted to be a part of it, but Richie's the one who did all the work," he said. "It's been four years in the making."

Gleeson will next appear in the crime comedy Mr Cranky, which is due to be shot along Australia's Gold Coast and in Melbourne in September.

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