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Gleeson: It's all about the script

Brendan Gleeson has revealed he loves working on home soil in Ireland - but only if the script is up to scratch.

The actor shot his new film The Guard, in which he plays eccentric policeman Garda Gerry Boyle, in his native Ireland alongside Don Cheadle as a stern-faced FBI agent.

And while Brendan enjoyed filming in scenic Connemara, he wouldn't have taken the role just for the sake of it.

"If the script is not up to it then I don't work at home, that's it. If we haven't the chance of making something proper, I don't care where the script is going to be shot.

"But to have a script of that quality, and then to have the chance to have it at home, and with such a spectacular sense of place... that sense of place comes so particularly strongly out in the movie."

Brendan is set to make his directorial debut with the film adaptation of Irish writer Flann O'Brien's masterpiece At Swim-Two-Birds.

X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender is tipped to be joining Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Brendan's son, Harry Potter actor Domhnall, in the period drama.

"There are three of us in the business in a way now, myself and Domhnall and Brian who's younger, we've worked out a way - I didn't know whether it would ever happen that way, but it is a real bonus the fact that we worked out a way of not being anything other than constructive in the way we work together."

:: The Guard is in cinemas on August 19.

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