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son 'n' hair Domhnall Gleeson was mortified as a child by dad Brendan's movie hairstyles


Domhnall Gleeson was mortified over his dad's hair in movies

Domhnall Gleeson was mortified over his dad's hair in movies

Domhnall Gleeson was mortified over his dad's hair in movies

The Star Wars actor said he was shocked by some of the looks The Guard star had to adopt for some of his movie roles.

“I remember a lot of different haircuts. I remember he collected me off the bus once and he’d shaved his head and he had these massive sideburns,” said Domhnall (37).

“I thought, ‘Well, this is a ridiculous job. What the hell is he doing?’

“I remember being almost scared of how he looked… And I remember him coming to watch me play football once.

“He was shooting a comedy and he had these outrageous sideburns.

“I thought, ‘People are going to know that’s my dad and that’s going to be crazy.’

But The Revenant and Peter Rabbit star said it was visiting his dad on a TV set one day that gave him the acting bug as a youngster.

His famous dad was playing Michael Collins in the 1991 TV movie The Treaty about the Anglo-Irish agreement that ended the War of Independence and set up the Irish Free State.

Domhnall, then aged seven, said: “I remember there being biscuits. And I remember thinking this might be the best job in the world.

“I realised that the biscuits are there for the actors, so obviously I decided I had to [become an actor].”

The Dublin star said that unfortunately there were few biscuits around on the set of his new TV series, Frank of Ireland, in which he plays the gormless best pal of his real brother Brian.

Dad Brendan (66) also makes a cameo appearance in the wacky Channel 4 sit-com which is being produced by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan.

Brian plays Frank, who is in his early thirties but has the mentality of someone 20 years younger.

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He lives with his mother, is ostensibly a singer and pines away for his previous girlfriend played by Sarah Greene.

Domhnall is his best pal Doofus who is even more of an idiot than Frank.

“We knew we wanted to work together before we knew what the project was going to be. Then we had to come up with an ide.,” Brian told NME.

They wrote the series in collaboration with Michael Moloney, who Domhnall had worked with on the sketch show Your Bad Self, and with the mentorship of Sharon Horgan.


Brendan Gleeson had a few bad hair days

Brendan Gleeson had a few bad hair days

Brendan Gleeson had a few bad hair days

“It took us a long time to come up with the flavour of the show,” says Domhnall.

“We went through a lot of different versions that [didn’t work].”

He said TV veteran Horgan helped them to finesse it: “She’ll tell you what’s good, so you can do more of it, whereas most people just tell you what’s bad.”

Domhnall revealed he originally planned to work behind the camera rather than be an actor but it didn’t turn out that way.

“I preferred coming up with stories and stuff when I was a kid, as opposed to performing,” he said.

“I studied film and broadcasting in college, rather than acting. That’s where I saw myself, hopefully.

“I was always amazed at Brian’s ability to perform other characters. Even as a kid, he was just great at being somebody else.”

Love/Hate and Rebellion star Brian (33) agreed he was the more natural performer.

“I think any kid spends a lot of their time pretending to be something else. I guess the work was just trying to make it better,” said Brian.

Having a successful dad made working in showbiz seem like an achievable dream.

“I think being able to look at an example of someone who was able to do it is huge,” said Brian.

“It appearing to be a realistic ambition is everything. Seeing how hard dad worked when we were kids also instilled an understanding that it didn’t just happen. You’ve got to work like a demon to have any kind of shot.”

The brothers said they enjoyed working together on Frank of Ireland and would happily do it again – but next time in America.

“There are way more biscuits in America. They’re not as good, but there are more of them,” said Domhnall.

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