Wednesday 16 January 2019

McDonagh was right to rattle cages - Gleeson

Actor Brendan Gleeson has defended director John Michael McDonagh's comments regarding the quality of Irish films.

In a recent interview, McDonagh was quoted as saying that Irish films "aren't very good" and Irish audiences are reluctant to watch them.

"When you're making a film there, you're trying to convince the Irish audience, no, it's not like all those terrible Irish movies you've seen before," McDonagh (below) said.

His comments resulted in an outcry from members of the Irish media who were quick to point out that his hit film Calvary received €975k from the Irish Film Board.

"I think it's important to remember that the money was repaid in full," Gleeson said. "And there's no harm in being told we need to up our standards."

Gleeson added that "Irish people are terribly thin-skinned and McDonagh likes to rattle cages."

The Olympia Theatre has announced that Gleeson will appear alongside his sons Brian and Domhnall in The Walworth Farce next January.

It will be the first time Gleeson has performed in a theatrical production in 15 years.

"I am really looking forward to working with the two lads because I respect both Domhnall and Brian as actors," he said.


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