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Star's hbo role Domhnall Gleeson signs up as one of the major Watergate scandal players in new TV series


Domhnall Gleeson has signed up for a new role on HBO

Domhnall Gleeson has signed up for a new role on HBO

Domhnall Gleeson has signed up for a new role on HBO

Domhnall Gleeson has been signed up as one of the major Watergate scandal players in a blockbuster new TV series, The White House Plumbers.

The 37-year-old Dubliner will play John Dean, the brilliant, ambitious and youthful White House Counsel who orchestrated the illegal cover-up that brought down President Richard Nixon.

The five-part HBO series will tell the story of what happened after five burglars tried to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee in Washington’s Watergate building in June 1972 but were arrested.

The scandal that followed stemmed from the Nixon administration's continuous attempts to cover up its involvement in the break-in.

But cash found on the perpetrators was traced back to the Nixon re-election campaign committee and after major investigations by the Senate and House of Representatives Nixon became the first president to ever resign from office in August 1974.

Witnesses testified that the president had approved plans to cover up the administration’s involvement in the burglary. Secret tapes Nixon kept in the Oval Office later proved it.

Gleeson, who is currently starring in the Channel 4 comedy series Frank of Ireland with younger brother Brian, will play opposite Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux as the Watergate masterminds, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy.

Created and written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck – executive producers of the successful Veep show – the series is based partly on public records and the book Integrity by Egil “Bud” Krogh and Matthew Krogh. It will be directed by David Mandel.

This marks Gleeson’s return to HBO where he starred last year as Billy in the series Run, executive produced by and featuring Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The busy Star Wars and Harry Potter actor will also soon be seen in Peter Rabbit 2 opposite Rose Byrne and David Oyelowo.

The Watergate scandal – one of the biggest in American history - was previously covered in the 1976 film All The President’s Men starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford.

The book of the same name turned authors Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward – the journalists who first uncovered the White House links – into household names.

The name “Watergate” came to encompass an array of clandestine and illegal activities by the Nixon administration.

And the suffix “gate” has since been used for all kinds of scandals in the west including Ireland’s “Golfgate”.

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John Dean, who admitted giving “hush money” to the Watergate burglars, only spent four months behind bars for the obstruction of justice after cooperating with the authorities as a key witness against Watergate conspirators.

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