01.21.11 7:28 PM ET
Gleeson Delivers as Schlubby, Corrupt Cop
With everyone fussing about who the new, fresh faces are at Sundance, not much has been said about one of the older, less fresh faces who is nonetheless emerging as one of the festival’s early delights: Brendan Gleeson, the 56-year-old Irish actor who was once told by a Hollywood agent that he was “too old and too ugly” for movies, and who is the star of the much-buzzed-about The Guard, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (brother of In Bruges writer-director Martin McDonagh). A cross between Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, etc.), by way of Ireland, The Guard is one of the most dementedly fun movies screened so far at Sundance, and has excited huge interest both in buyers and audiences—the 9:30 a.m. screening on Saturday was packed to the gills.