Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

McDonagh: Gleeson's got to work out

Brendan Gleeson will have to get in shape for his third film with John Michael McDonagh
Brendan Gleeson will have to get in shape for his third film with John Michael McDonagh

Brendan Gleeson will have to hit the gym to prepare for his next film with John Michael McDonagh, the filmmaker has revealed.

The Irish star will have to get used to moving around in a wheelchair to play a paraplegic in the third and final instalment of the series, which is referred to as the "glorified suicide" trilogy, following their previous films The Guard and Calvary.

"Brendan will be rattling around in a wheelchair through the streets of south London, getting into trouble. I'm going to have to get him to do weights. He's got no upper body strength so he'll have to get in the gym to prepare for doing all that shuffling," he said.

The third film, called The Lame Shall Enter First, will be set in London.

"The Guard was Galway, where my father's from, and Calvary is Sligo, where my mother's from, so the third one in the trilogy will be in south London, where I'm from - hopefully within a mile of my house so I can just walk home when we finish shooting," he joked.

"It's called The Lame Shall Enter First and i t's about an abusive paraplegic who tries to get his life in order by solving the murder of one of his friends."

John Michael said he enjoys his collaborations with Brendan.

"We both have a good sense of humour. We don't suffer fools lightly as well. When we're focused, we're focused and when we relax, we go out for a drink," he said.

"We get on a lot, but we have our differences. I might be more nihilistic at times and a bit more confrontational. We have a good working relationship - we both want to create original characters who are memorable."

:: Calvary is in cinemas now.

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