Domhnall Gleeson ‘thrilled’ with Frank of Ireland reaction and looks ahead to White House Plumbers

Domhnall Gleeson has revealed that he is thrilled with the response to his TV show Frank of Ireland.

The show, a wacky comedy that aired on Amazon and Channel 4, saw him team up with his brother Brian and even their father Brendan as a guest star.

While not the usual type of fare you’d expect it to be in, it has proved a hit with viewers.

Speaking to Ian Dempsey on Today FM, Domhnall said: “We are all so happy about it. It was also great to have existed in the world for a while.

“A lot of people in the industry, people I really love and respect, and I didn’t think it would be their cup of tea, because it’s very cheeky, it’s a bit in the Dumb and Dumber stage and kind of rude.” and rude and the rest, but so many people have been so brilliant at it.

“And it seems to have made a lot of people happy. I just gave them a really bold laugh in a really strange time. So I’m really happy with it and I have to say our cast was just incredible from head to toe.”

Domhnall spoke from New York, where he is currently filming the TV show The White House Plumbers with Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux, Lena Headey and Kathleen Turner.

The five-part series tells the true story of how E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, US President Richard Nixon’s own political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds, accidentally overthrew the presidency they were trying to protect.

Domhnall appears in one episode as John Dean. Dean covered up the Watergate scandal and then pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor in exchange for becoming a key witness for the prosecution. He is a controversial character, but Domhnall likes to explore him.

Nicola (Liz Fitzgibbon), Frank (Brian Gleeson) and Doofus (Domhnall Gleeson) in Frank of Ireland
Domhnall as Doofus in Frank of Ireland with his brother Brian as Frank and Liz Fitzgibbon as Nicola

“In a way, he was the first man to really turn around and talk about the fact that the knowledge got higher in the administration than people had imagined,” he said.

“He was seen by some as a hero, by some as a rat. He wasn’t a rat, but that’s what people called him. It was very full on, the reaction to him.

“But he was a very interesting man and most of my scenes are with Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux starring in the series and it was great.

“The people who made it made all the classic American sitcoms. They were involved with Seinfeld. They were involved with Fraser. They were involved with Curb Your Enthusiasm and they’re all wonderful people, so it was a lot of fun. Work.”

While that show won’t be on show for a while, Domhnall’s fans can currently watch it on the big screen where he can be seen in Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.

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