Brendan Gleeson Highly Praised For Trump Portrayal

Brendan Gleeson Highly Praised For Trump Portrayal

Viewers have lauded Brendan Gleeson’s portrayal of Donald Trump in a controversial US TV drama about the president’s election victory and early time in office.

The Comey Rule, which aired on US TV on Sunday and Monday night, is based on former FBI director James Comey’s tell-all book A Higher Loyalty. It explores the clash of personalities between the two men and is the first major drama to portray Trump since he entered the White House in 2016.

Gleeson reportedly spent two months working with a vocal coach to capture the president’s distinctive voice while he looked close to unrecognisable with blonde hair and a light powdering of orange make-up.

The Dublin-born actor, who previously played Winston Churchill, Trump, delivered a dark portrayal of Trump, starkly different to the over-the-top send-ups often seen on late-night shows.

Gleeson’s Trump was seen stalking the corridors of the White House and bullying underlings. His performance was praised on social media.

One viewer described the portrayal as “one of the most unnerving things I’ve ever seen,” adding: “I literally do not understand how an actor can get this close to real; it seems to involve about a hundred simultaneous decisions.”

Another said: “Brendan Gleeson as Trump-Just wow! Nailed it.”

Others described Gleeson’s Trump as “chilling” and “magnetic”.

They added: “He pulls you in. Malevolent seduction. Like the man himself, his is an evil not to be laughed off or underestimated.”

One fan predicted Gleeson’s Trump would earn the actor Emmy and Golden Globe wins and another said the performance was going to “give me nightmares”.

Trump is yet to publicly address The Comey Rule. The political drama stars Jeff Daniels as Comey and documents the events leading up to the 2016 presidential election and Mr Trump’s tumultuous early period in power.

The first part focused on the FBI’s probes into a private email server used by Hillary Clinton – a key election issue – and the possibility Russia was interfering to help Trump win.

Comey was portrayed as a noble civil servant torn over making a public statement on Clinton. Many Democrats believe his decision to do so helped swing the election Trump’s way.

Episode two introduced Gleeson’s Trump responding angrily to the controversial dossier alleging links with Russia. It finished with a warning that Russia is meddling in the 2020 election.

Trump abruptly fired Comey in May 2017, saying it was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the nation’s top law enforcement agency.

The political drama aired in the US on Showtime but proved controversial months before it was due to hit screens. It was originally due to air after the November election – sparking anger from writer/director Billy Ray.

He said he made the project for his country and wanted to “get this story in front of the American people months before the coming election”.

Showtime changed course and broadcast the two-part miniseries weeks before the November 3 election.

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