Domhnall Gleeson on ‘The Kitchen’ & Reading the ‘Star Wars 9’ Script for the First Time

     August 7, 2019

With writer-director Andrea Berloff’s The Kitchen opening in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with Domhnall Gleeson to talk about the film. Based on the DC Vertigo comic book series of the same name, The Kitchen is set in 1978 Hell’s Kitchen and revolves around three housewives (Melissa McCarthyElisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish) whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. They’re then forced to take matters into their own hands by assuming control of the Irish mafia. Domhnall Gleeson plays someone you would not want to make angry.

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Image via Warner Bros.

During the interview, Gleeson talked about making The Kitchen, if he felt any pressure with the short shooting schedule, if he had fun playing his character, and more. In addition, with Gleeson playing General Hux in the recent Star Wars movies, I asked him what he means to be part of the franchise and his reaction reading the Star Wars 9 script (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) for the first time.

Check out what he had to say in the player above.

The Kitchen also stars James Badge Dale, Brian d’Arcy James, Margo Martindale, Common, Bill Camp, E.J. Bonilla, Wayne Duvall, Annabella Sciorra, and Myk Wattford.

Domhnall Gleeson:

  • Did he have fun with playing his character and how the character has issues.
  • How they made the film in a very short amount of time. Did he ever feel any pressure on set?
  • What does it mean to be part of the Star Wars franchise?
  • What was it like reading the Episode 9 script for the first time?

Here’s the official synopsis for The Kitchen:

The gritty, female-driven mob drama “The Kitchen,” from New Line Cinema and BRON Creative, was written and directed by Andrea Berloff, who was nominated for an Oscar for the original screenplay for “Straight Outta Compton.”

“The Kitchen” stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”), and Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI.  Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…literally.

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