Domhnall Gleeson must look at himself in the mirror these days and thank the acting gods for Richard Curtis and the movie "About Time". This talented actor who earned a Tony award nomination in 2006 for the Broadway play "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" won the lead role in "About Time", the last movie that esteemed movie writer and director Richard Curtis will be directing. He was able to audition and win the role during a break in filming of another movie, "Anna Karenina". Domhnall is an example of someone whose gumption paid off because instead of being comfortable as a working actor he auditioned and after more than one audition in front of director Richard Curtis he won the role. Ambition, whether it is displayed prominently through a person's personality or is "fueling an unseen fire in a person's belly" will always beat out patience.
Domhnall Gleeson, the son of renowned actor Brendan Gleeson, had never been the lead actor in a movie but he performed fabulously as the lead actor in the "About Time" movie. Entertainment insiders did not know what to expect of this actor who had never had a lead role but his beginning is reminiscent of a young Hugh Grant who while known to movie audiences did not become a major star until he appeared in the Richard Curtis' written film "Notting Hill".
Domhnall Gleeson has shown talent both on the stage and on the movie screen but his performance as the funny, clumsy romantic lead in this movie has made him a desired commodity with movie directors, producers and casting agents, an assertion supported by him being cast in five movie roles in 2014.
One of the characteristics that distinguishes Domhnall Gleeson from other more celebrated and famous actors is that he understands the significance of acting in a Richard Curtis film and how this movie will impact his legacy since it is the last move that Mr. Curtis, one of the most celebrated directors in Europe will be directing in his career.
Domhnall Gleeson came to this lead role in "About Time" willing to let himself be directed, grateful for the opportunity to be a lead actor in a feature film and he displayed superb acting skill in his first lead role which will serve him well as his career continues forward. Domhnall Gleeson is an actor who is on the path to becoming known more for his acting performances and less for his famous father thanks to the movie "About Time".