UNDERRATED: Brendan Gleeson

An Irish character actor who has stolen scenes in "28 Days Later," "In Bruges" and "Lake Placid," Gleeson stands out as the title character in John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard." Possessed with an eccentric (and offensive) charm, Gleeson's Irish patrolman holds his own against straight-laced <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV000008" title="FBI" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/fbi-ORGOV000008.topic">FBI</a> agent <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000954" title="Don Cheadle" href="/topic/entertainment/don-cheadle-PECLB000954.topic">Don Cheadle</a> and a host of menacing hoods, never sacrificing his character's humanity in the name of comedy.
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An Irish character actor who has stolen scenes in "28 Days Later," "In Bruges" and "Lake Placid," Gleeson stands out as the title character in John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard." Possessed with an eccentric (and offensive) charm, Gleeson's Irish patrolman holds his own against straight-laced FBI agent Don Cheadle and a host of menacing hoods, never sacrificing his character's humanity in the name of comedy.

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