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Gleeson's Mission not so Impossible...
Top Irish actor Brendan Gleeson will soon enter
the millionaire league after the phenomenal box-office
success of Mission Impossible 2. The star of
The General and I Went Down plays the boss
of a drug company who has been injected with a deadly
flu bug in the $200 million blockbuster.
a former teacher, will now be able to pick and choose
the cream of Hollywood movie roles after sharing the
screen with Tom Cruise, Oscar-winning
Anthony Hopkins and hot newcomer Thandie
Impossible 2 has taken more then $188 million at US
cinema in just five weeks - and is guaranteed to double
that figure when it opens on this side of the Atlantic
on Friday. The movie has cemented Gleeson's already
soaring reputation in Hollywood circles after starring
roles in Braveheart with Mel Gibson
and Lake Placid alongside Bridget Fonda.
from Artane, has been a steady rise to fame since
he gave up his teaching job in 1990 at the age of
34. He told his wife Mary and their four children
he was going for a job as an actor.
breakthrough movie was Braveheart in which he had
a prominent role opposite Mel Gibson. It went on to
win two Oscars - best director and best Picture -
but also served as Gleesons calling card in Tinseltown.
enjoyed further success with The General -
where he played Dublin criminal Martin Cahill.
The film won the Best Director award - again throwing
the spotlight on Gleeson for his brilliant performance.
puts his success down to luck and never waiting for
the offers to come rolling in he said: "I was lucky,
and one thing I refused to allow myself do was wait
for any phone calls. I couldn't bear to wait by the
phone. And it's going really well. Because I started
so late there was a kind of urgency about the way
I learned my trade."