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'Forget Star Wars, I just love acting in Dublin,' reveals Domhnall Gleeson as he prepares for family affair

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At the first day of rehersals for The Walworth Farce, at Clasac, Dublin one of the most eagerly awaited theatre productions of 2015, were Brendan Gleeson and his sons, Brian Gleeson, and Domhnall Gleeson

At the first day of rehersals for The Walworth Farce, at Clasac, Dublin one of the most eagerly awaited theatre productions of 2015, were Brendan Gleeson and his sons, Brian Gleeson, and Domhnall Gleeson

At the first day of rehersals for The Walworth Farce, at Clasac, Dublin one of the most eagerly awaited theatre productions of 2015, were Brendan Gleeson and his sons, Brian Gleeson, and Domhnall Gleeson

HE'S got Hollywood at his feet after being cast in the new Star Wars movie but for Domhnall Gleeson, nothing beats performing at his favourite venue: Dublin's Olympia Theatre.

Depite working alongside A-lister Angelina Jolie in Unbroken and having finished filming The Revenant with heartthrob Leonardo Di Caprio, the actor says nothing compares to performing in the heart of Dublin.

Domhnall will appear in upcoming comedy The Walworth Farce alongside his father, Brendan, and younger brother, Brian, in January - and is looking forward to hitting the stage with the pair.

"The Olympia was a really special place for me as a kid," he told the Herald. "I saw dad perform there so many times so it means a lot.

"And it is so beautiful and right in the middle of Dublin. I have always loved it."

Domhnall returned to Irish shores this week having just wrapped The Revenant.

revenge

The film tells the story of a frontiersman who wants to wreak revenge on the men who left him for dead after being mauled by a bear.

"I was over in Canada working away on that with Di Caprio," he said.

Gleeson will also appear in JJ Abram's Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens alongside iconic actors Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

"I got really excited when I saw the trailer the other week," he said. "I am a fan. I saw the prequels before I saw the first ones. I am very excited about it."

But now all of Domhnall's energies are focused on learning lines for The Walworth Farce.

The play tells the story of a father and his two sons living in a council flat in London. Directed by multiple Olivier Award winner Sean Foley, the show will run for four weeks.

"It's everything I want in one job," Gleeson said. "Great actors who I love, a beautiful crazy script, a tip-top director and my favourite venue in the country."

Speaking about the production writer Enda Walsh said: "I'm looking forward to see if the Olympia stage can handle that level of talent. Or that level of gingerness."

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