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The General (movie)
'Calvary' could mark a signature role in Brendan Gleeson's career
'Calvary' could mark a signature role in Brendan Gleeson's career

His characters have flung swords, absolved sins and robbed homes in the pitch of night. They have been bearded and shaven, light on their feet, weighted with doubt. They have yearned for and granted wisdom and have traded on a smile that has the pull of a tide. Like many Irishmen, they can break a heart or draw a laugh with the twist of a phrase. "You know," said Brendan Gleeson, looking over a menu in Beverly Hills. "I'm going to try an 'egg in the hole' simply because I don't know what it is." As the waiter slipped away, Gleeson, who can steal a scene from the edge of a frame, talked Irish literature, revealing as much about Samuel Beckett as he...

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