Brendan Gleeson Discusses "Troy"
I actually met Wolfgang [Petersen] on the way home from Romania off of Cold Mountain. I met him in London on the way home to Ireland and I said, Look, Im not sure. I just loved the script but Im just very tired at the moment. But he takes an age to make up his mind about who he wants, as well, because of this, that, and the other thing. So I had over Christmas to think about it. Eventually they came back and said, Wed really like you to do it. I kind of said [hesitantly] yes.
It was really more the script than the character that drove that one. I enjoyed the chat with Wolfgang and I said, This is going to be one of the greatest stories in the world and itll be interesting to be a part of it.
The more I got to know Menelaus, the more I liked him. Hes one of these poor guys that even though he has a lot going for him, even when he won, he lost. He married the most beautiful woman in the world and then she runs off with Orlando Bloom. He goes off and fights him, and he kind of beats him, but he still loses out. I actually kind of grew really fond of him because I felt he was dishonored at every turn. He had this kind of vague sense of honor. And of course the Trojans are over there to make peace and theyre eating all his food, and then they run away with his wife. And it just kind of tickled me for some reason (laughing). I actually grew to really like Menelaus. And you could see the scale of the story, I think its going to be massive.
It seems everyone is really looking forward to Troy hitting theaters
Its glorious. Cold Mountain, I think even for all its epic scale, is quite an intimate movie. Its a very personal and intimate story. For all the characters, when you were asking before about getting lost, I think theres an intimacy about each of those characters, both the main ones and the people who he meets along the way and the people like myself who drop in at the end. Theres an intimacy about that. Whereas Troy, its just up there. Its all out there. All the emotions are huge, all the issues are huge, all the armies are huge, and the fleets are huge, and the walls of Troy are huge and its just really go for it time. Subtlety not required at all, which is a fantastic liberation at times. Not very often in filmmaking can you do that. If you lose your subtlety, you lose credibility for the most part. Whereas Troy isnt like that. You just go for it there is no over-the-top.
Were you involved in a lot of fighting scenes in Troy?
I am. Myself and Orlando go at it.
Are scenes where you just get to go physically wild fun for you?
(Laughing) A lot of fun. It really was. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed that particular one. Its great because no one gets cut or no one gets hurt or not seriously hurt, I should say. Its just such fun. Its being a kid again in a way. For a grown man to lash away at something and theres no consequences at the end of it. Its like a license to have great fun.
And its a release.
Absolutely and nobody gets hurt.