Wednesday August 12, 2020

Brendan Gleeson: Fighting the little guy’s corner

In an extensive interview, the actor talks emigration, Brexit, his love of traditional music and his acclaimed new film Hampstead

25th June, 2017
Brendan Gleeson: ‘The older I get, the more I feel I have to look after my own ebb and flow’ Pic: Getty

Brendan Gleeson doesn’t do autopilot interviews. No pat answers, nothing off by heart. Not in his career, where he has played anyone from a rampaging Scottish warrior to a talking duck (in Braveheart, as you know, and brilliantly in The Smurfs 2). And not in person.

Ask him a question and he won’t give you an excerpt from a press release or a studio-approved soundbite. Even the most mundane enquiry, intended more for background...

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