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Don Cheadle deals with a racist Brendan Gleeson in THE GUARD! Looks all kinds of awesome!

Hey folks, Harry here...  Looks like Sony Classics has a winner with THE GUARD - a buddy comedy about an Irish cop that has a mountain of colorful misconceptions about the Blackness of his new unwanted FBI agent partner - who is there to help in a slight case of murder that, of course, is the mere tip of the iceberg. The Irish one is Brendan Gleeson and the FBI one is Don Cheadle...  and I think the bad guy is Mark Strong - which is another feather for the project.   Apple posted the trailer today, so go check it out!   Looks all kinds of good.   

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  • June 6, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    a racist dwarf and two monkey hookers

    by Clockwork Taxi

  • June 6, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of In Bruges.

    by TheMarineBiologist

    Color me excited.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    If this film depicts racism...

    by mrlebowski

    The BBFC will probably ban it. Wankers. And the dipshits on here who struggle to differentiate reality (the actual tangible stuff going on outside your window) from art (the pretend stuff on you tv) will praise them for it. Wankers.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    For a second there....

    by Val Verde Historian

    I thought it said Brendan Frasier. Dodged that bullet....

  • June 6, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Now that's what I'm talking about

    by ChiTownsBest

    Everyone's scared of real racial humor. Fuck that, let's bring it all out. This country is too PC, so it's doesn't surprise me that it had to take place in Ireland. That has to be the perfect setting for some real non-pc humor. Never heard of this film until now but it's now on my list of movies to see.

  • June 6, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    As an Irishman...

    by Gigabrian

    ...I'm really looking forward to this film, and I'm happy because I think that Irish or not, I'd still be looking forward to it. Irish films with an international appeal are too few and far between, especially considering what great people we have in the industry here. clockwork taxi - the line is "a racist dwarf and two MANKY hookers". See the below link for clarification of this particular word. It's a useful site, even for me sometimes. http://www.slang.ie/index.php?county=all&entry=manky%21&letter=M

  • June 6, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Criminal #1 looks like Bernard Hill and #2 looks like Vincent Gallo

    by golden tribw

  • June 6, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    This pairing reminds me of the gag...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...in Last Action Hero, where total opposite stereotypes walked up to a commanding officer's desk, joined their odd pairing and went on their way.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Whoa, fake Superman studio pic disappeared.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Sure it was fake, but it was something to talk about.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I like how harry never admited the supes photo was phoney

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    he should have still kept the article up, just changed the title to refelct that it was a manip and gave us some idea of how the film could look

  • June 6, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I am from Ireland - this is retarded.

    by Rex Carsalot

  • June 6, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    I'm from Ireland

    by Irishanakin

    It's not retarded

  • June 6, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Brendan Gleeson is dumb....and I can prove it

    by Mel

    He spells "unforgivable"wrong in The Goblet of Fire. He spells it "unforgiveable"....and after he does it (which you can clearly see if you pause) someone smears the blackboard behind him so you cant see the error. you can see it on youtube. just search for 'brendan gleeson cant spell"

  • June 6, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    My great great grandfather came from Ireland, this looks fookin' awesome!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Directed by John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh; one of the most acclaimed living Irish playwrights. rex carsalot, you are mistaken.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword is dumb, and I can prove it.

    by golden tribw

    Just search this talkback for examples of his inability to capitalize or punctuate properly.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    redbull_werewolf, I agree. Harry doesn't seem like the type to get embarrassed.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    It's strange that he would delete it without comment. The dude usually giggles at such things.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    maybe the supes pic was real and the studio made Harry pull it down

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    there you go harry, use that excuse

  • June 6, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    what supes pic? the spiderman poster? come on ppl

    by sunwukong86

  • June 6, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    "...and I think the bad guy is Mark Strong."

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Gee wiz, I wish there were websites that had complete casts of movies. That would make things so much easier.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    And poor, discriminated-against black guy is SUCH A BORING and overused character.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    God, you would think that racism is so one-sided just based off these types of movies. Blacks are just as racist as whites so let's see some of that. How about a movie about white African farmers being brutally murdered by drug-addicted blacks? Black on white crime is actually much higher than the inverse, so there's plenty of material to work with besides the ones with stereotypical old, racist white men.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    look to the right of the page you are on...

    by wierdo27

    42 posts it has been unpublished.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I'VE BEEN TO IRELAND

    by BSB

    Didn't see one black person there.

  • You just keep defending the white man's honor! I'm sure there's a talkbacker somewhere (white,black,inuit or something) who really appreciates the revolutionary things you have to say!

  • That being said, I enjoy some good racist humor in the right context. :)

  • The Guard looks pretty damn funny! Seriously, what kind of IDIOT would start complaining reverse-racism in reference to this movie?

  • June 6, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    sierratango, any examples of discriminated black characters

    by Nerd Rage

    In the last three years..yeah I didn't think so. This reverse racism concept is such vacuous bullshit. Hollywood is still racist against blacks. Go to any black actor and ask him/her how many positive roles they're been offered. Go ahead. I dare ya.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    DID VISIT DERRY, THOUGH, AND SAW THE FAMOUS MLK MURAL

    by BSB

    Does that count?

  • June 6, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Sounds grrrreat

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    But sir, you're black

  • June 6, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Looks funny

    by JamesWest

    I will like this one, I'm sure of it.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    YOU LOST ME AT "BUDDY COMEDY"

    by uberman

    Asking us to watch anything that has to do with a new 'Buddy Comedy' is like a politician who is running for office and telling you this time its for real.

  • June 7, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    nerd rage: sierratango has never approached a black person for any reason.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Complaining about minorities from the anonymity of his computer is his passion, along with online porn and being an overall scumbag on message boards.

  • June 7, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    The Boo-Hoo Platoon is back! (Huey and Nerd Rage)

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Nerd rage - Blacks are about 15% of the population, thus there are going to be fewer of them represented in Hollywood. Take into account the generally poor upbringing of a lot of blacks (illegitimacy, youth crime, high school dropout rates, etc.) you're going to lower that percentage even more. Only a fucking whinetard would say Hollywood is racist against blacks. There are PLENTY of black actors getting good roles. But then again, crybabies like you need tissue fodder like racism. Huey, you're just a dipshit of the highest order. "When other white ppl call a white person racist, it's probably pretty damn racist." No, they're mostly kowtowing, mindless liberals who look to kiss ass and spread some false delusion that they care about other people so they can feel better about themselves. It's funny because you two shitwits are replying to me because you know my s/n, not because of what I said, which was not even in the least racist. I always find it interesting when reactionaries like yourselves comment on the commenter instead of the comment itself. "Who cares if nearly 4000 whites were killed in Africa since '94, you're a racist for bringing it up." It's your mentality (what little there is) that keeps society's problems from being explored and resolved. So good job, knuckledraggers. Keep Kleenex in business!

  • June 7, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Sierra.....

    by Nervous Energy

    You're clearly a racist. No need to hide anymore, be honest. Be who you are. A racist.

  • June 7, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Trailer

    by orryn

    Brendan Gleeson is hilarious and Don cheadle provides a perfect straight man to this movie :)

  • June 7, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    I AM A PROUD BLACK MAN...

    by GravyAkira

    and I think this looks hilarious!

  • One scene (during a ride in the elevator) comes to mind wheras Ving Rhames as Chief Arthur Holland makes a threat to Brendan: "we are gonna get into some N*gger shit". Gleeson's character Jack Van Meter : "OK, N*gger". Very underatted movie with a strong performance courtesy of Gleeson, Michelle Michael and especially Kurt Russell. Gleeson was also featured in 28 Days later as a father dealing with the Apocalyptic Zombie outbreak, while protecting his daughter. He's one of those overlooked character actors that one would recall; "oh, now I remember him from that movie.." Here's hoping for a major breakthrough performance.

  • June 7, 2011, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Hey, STFU

    by Stalkeye

    Quote: "No, they're mostly kowtowing, mindless liberals who look to kiss ass and spread some false delusion that they care about other people so they can feel better about themselves." So basically (judging from what you have posted) you're saying that White People who take a stand against racism,xenophobia,homophobia,etc for the most part, have some sort of ulterior motive wether it's to build self esteem or what have ye. Congrats, Sierra you have called Caucasians out for being phoney and opportunistic and that's not cool. As a white man, (Well, actually I'm Olive skinned. (0:' ) I am offended by that baseless statement. It's called compassion and doing the right thing. Something you obviously know shit about. And you using a racial slur like Knuckledraggers does very little to validate your arguement. Now WHO'S reactionary?

  • June 7, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Another Irish Perspective

    by Ciderman

    This looks like a lot of fun and most Irish consider him to be one of our leading actors, best thing in Lake Placid, simply outstanding in The General, brilliant turns in the Harry Potter movies, AI, I Went Down kicked ass as did In Bruges, I saw him in Juno And The Paycock a long time ago in Dublin and he was fantastic. The racism in the movie seems mostly as a result of fear of the other, and also that we have an isolated people, living in the west of Ireland, who get all their experience of black people, not to mention every race/culture other than their own, from TV and Movies, so they do think that the stereotypes are real, seeing as that's how Hollywood chooses to portray them. So really, the jokes on the media system rather than the people who have adopted the same views, not through hatred but through pure and simple ignorance. We don't need to have other races here to be a bunch of bigots, just ask someone who was Jewish in the early days of the state, 1920's on, as someone who happened to be protestant after partition, or better still someone who had the bad luck to be a woman up until the 80's.

  • June 7, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Another Irish Perspective

    by Ciderman

    This looks like a lot of fun and most Irish consider him to be one of our leading actors, best thing in Lake Placid, simply outstanding in The General, brilliant turns in the Harry Potter movies, AI, I Went Down kicked ass as did In Bruges, I saw him in Juno And The Paycock a long time ago in Dublin and he was fantastic. The racism in the movie seems mostly as a result of fear of the other, and also that we have an isolated people, living in the west of Ireland, who get all their experience of black people, not to mention every race/culture other than their own, from TV and Movies, so they do think that the stereotypes are real, seeing as that's how Hollywood chooses to portray them. So really, the jokes on the media system rather than the people who have adopted the same views, not through hatred but through pure and simple ignorance. We don't need to have other races here to be a bunch of bigots, just ask someone who was Jewish in the early days of the state, 1920's on, as someone who happened to be protestant after partition, or better still someone who had the bad luck to be a woman up until the 80's.

  • Was Terrence Howard surprised that no one tuned in to watch him on Law & Order: LA? He wanted more money for Iron Man 2, and the studio had to remind him how easily replaceable he was.

  • June 7, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one who thinks Mark Strong is lousy?

    by Spandau Belly

    His acting always bugs me. He's always the guy who feels off to me in every movie I've seen him in. I thought his only okay performance was in KICKASS, which was a mediocre movie anyway.

  • June 7, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    "...and I think the bad guy is Mark Strong."

    by DonLogan

    he's the guy in the clip where the words MARK STRONG appear on screen in large bold red letters.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    sierratangofoxtrotuniform

    by superman76

    don't let these blind zombies get to you. you speak the truth and there are millions of good, strong, non-racist people that agree with you 100%. we just call it like it is without any "hate" or "agenda". also, it's good to see an intelligent presentation of the arguments you make. well done. veritas

  • If you have, then it is you who is Blind. This douchebag is full of hate and like i said earlier, his argument would have had some (albiet, very little) credibility had not he added "Knucledraggers" to round out his post. Don't be so glib, son.

  • ...But it is quite hard to call it racism (although I don't know what else you would call it), there is no hate in it, it's more of a childish naivety. I work in a bar, and I've seen these auld fellas chatting away quite happily with black people, having a joke and a laugh, buying them pints, then when they've gone the auld fellas would turn around and say things like "Jesus, those darky's were sound out weren't they.", completely innocently, seeing nothing wrong at all in referring to a black man as a "darky". Sure, it's a very wrong and naive thing to say, but it's hard to call it racism when their is no hate there. Course it is racism, but I wouldn't lump them in there with the hard core, mad as a box of frogs evil fuckers that shave there heads and call for a Pure White Race, those sonsofbitchs should be lined up and shot

  • June 7, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    And superman76 can eat shit

    by FreeBeer

  • June 7, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Oh, sorry superman76, meant Sierra (oops!)

    by FreeBeer

  • June 7, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    No freebeer, you're right. superman76 can eat shit.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    This was another example of jumping on a reactionary "anti- reverse racism" bandwagon without paying attention to the context of the conversation or subject. And that anyone would call that guy "intelligent"... LOL

  • Stalkeye, thanks for recognizing the improper use of the word knuckledragger. I think he saw me use it once and thought he's throw it back at me. Sierratangowaltzsalsa, assuming I was black, said all sorts of nappy-headed, mom-has-AIDS jabs at me while trying to make his "points." It's a good think I don't take people that stupid too seriously.

  • June 7, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I'D COMMENT BUT I'M IN NO MOOD TO EAT SHIT

    by BSB

  • I'm very familiar with people who just don't know and the ones who are nasty about it. And this movie seems to have NOTHING to do with anyone oppressing anyone, as some morons seem to assume from the headline and go off on a rant.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I'D RATHER BE CALLED A DARKY IN IRELAND

    by BSB

    than be eaten in Africa. Just sayin.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I HAD THE LOVELIEST TIME AT BEWLEY'S IN DUBLIN

    by BSB

    Coffee and cake, and some great conversation with this very nice lady who was taking her kids to see Lady Gaga at the O2. I could spend a whole day at Bewley's. Best cafe ever.

  • June 7, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Couple filmdom's one-sided view of racism with Obama's...

    by maverick68

    hate speech and class-warfare opiate for the asses, and we will SURELY see even more instances of cowardly young disadvantaged youth GANGING UP on and attacking innocent white people....

  • June 7, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    So when have I EVER called anyone a racial slur?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    That would be never. Go ahead and point out an example. And knuckledraggers is not a racial slur, lol. It's a term for any kind of moron (e.g. Huey or Nerd Rage) that doesn't think. It's catchier than moron so I like to use it. If it offends you, it's because you are one. This whole brouhaha is a wonderful example of many of my points. It's a nice microcosmic representation of how certain things are viewed and how certain things are not viewed (i.e. ignored) because people, like a few of you, are AFRAID to.

  • Hey asshole, Knuckledragger is a racial slur especially when blacks have been refered to as Monkeys or better yet, I witnessed a Caucasian Man called a Black Woman "Knuckledragging N***er" during a minor traffic incident. And this was in the "Melting Pot" that is NYC.not down South or within a suburban setting. So your counter argument is moot not to mention how defensive you are. but then again, you realize how much of a fucking hypocrite you are thanks to your hate spewed retoric rants and tirades against Blacks. (And I can easily pull out a few examples of your "Handiwork".) Just admit that you are a Racist...then again you dont have to, since your posts more than embellish the sentiment. No race is perfect and within every race,creed,etc. there are the shining examples good people and then you have your garden variety assholes who should not breathe the same air as I do. (Be it Bloods,Crips,Wall Street Bankers, KKK and You.) You, obviously are in no position to judge or really condemn since you are not the patron saint of White People. Pathetic.

  • June 7, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Thanks, huey_freemans_afro

    by Stalkeye

    This Sierra douchebag rants just like Ruckus, (Anyone who watches Boondocks, knows what I'm refering to.) with the exception that he's not Black. But probably just as fugly nonetheless.

  • June 7, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    This was filmed up the road from where I live!

    by Shpadoinkle

    I saw a bit of to-and-froing from industry types but only really heard about it once it was done filming. Shitehawks! Anyway, this looks great and the reviews have been pretty fawning so i'm really looking forward to this. Gleeson and Cheadle are usually fantastic in everything. I'd agree with the fella above who says racism is never mean-spirited around here. I normally go watch the football with the local Nigerian Arsenal supporters and we slag the shite out of each other all day (stereotypes abound) for the craic and enjoy each other's company immensely. Getting hammered with people from other cultures is too much fun. Israelis i've met are mad bastards though, sound out til they're reminded of the shitstorm in their country and suddenly you've got social surgery to perform. I need to learn how to shut my gob when drinking.

  • June 7, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Here's hoping Don Cheadle WON'T be in the next Iron Man!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    He was a terrible Rhodes!

  • June 7, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    looks great

    by taff

    I'll be seeing this one. I need a good comedy.

  • June 7, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I saw it at

    by Matt

    the Berlin Film Festival in Februrary and it was all kinds of awesome. Gleeson created this hilarious antihero, you just have to love!

  • June 7, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Such a passionate TB for a trailer that was meh

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 7, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    tikidonkeypunch

    by Shpadoinkle

    It's mostly because of the glowing reviews from Sundance, and the likening of it to In Bruges. If you've seen IB you may understand the anticipation

  • June 7, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Freebear writes: "And I live in Clare, West of Ireland, and..."

    by tritium

    Excuse this ignorant Irish-American...but I could have sworn County Clare was part of the Republic of Ireland. Saying that "Clare is West of Ireland" is like saying "California is West of the United States". Or did you mean to say that "County Clare is IN the western part Ireland". Your setence is confusing. I presume you meant the latter.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    It's manky hookers you clown!

    by buz

    Turn the subtitles on if you can't understand English with an accent!