Gleeson says his character isn't mean or stupid — he's just bored with life in small-town Ireland. "I've met men like [my character] quite a lot," Gleeson says. "People who are underused a little bit and have terribly sharp wit, but pretend to be a little bit stupid. Country men, quite a lot of the time, pretend to be stupid so that you will underestimate them and not really understand who you're dealing with."
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