EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'The Guard' Cast and Crew Interviews

Monday, 25 July 2011 13:43
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Opening in theaters on July 29th is a new film from writer/director John Michael McDonagh entitled The Guard. The film is a black comedy set in Ireland featuring Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2), Fionnula Flanagan (Yes Man), David Wilmot (Michael Collins), and Mark Strong (Green Lantern). Coincidentally, McDonagh is the brother of Martin McDonagh who wrote and directed the Golden Globe nominated film In Bruges, which also starred Gleeson. IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had an opportunity to sit down and speak with actors Brendan Gleeson, and Don Cheadle, as well as writer/director John Michael McDonagh to discuss the new film, its colorful cast of characters, and shooting on location in Ireland.

To watch our exclusive interviews with Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, and writer/director John Michael McDonagh about The Guard, please click on the video player above.


The Guard is a comedic, fish out of water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption, and the two cops who must join forces to take on an international drug-sumggling gang, an unorthodox Irish policeman and a straitlaced F.B.I. agent. Cynical and crass, Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Gleeson) is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galaway, Boyle is a bit of a maverick with his own moral code, not always above the law but certainly with its own high standards. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn't much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. Boyle takes nothing and no one seriously, but when a fellow police officer disappears and the smalltown Boyle patrols becomes an important location in the greater scheme of things, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless F.B.I. agent Wendell Everett (Cheadle) assigned to the case. Left to run his territory to his liking for many years, he is not at all impressed when the F.B.I comes to town.

The Guard opens in theaters on July 29th.

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