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20th Dec 2017

An unrecognisable Domhnall Gleeson plays a father of modern comedy in Netflix’s new project

Rory Cashin

Domhnall Gleeson red hair

“What did we do to the Catholics??”

Domhnall Gleeson plays Henry Beard, partnered with Will Forte as Doug Kenney, the co-founders of National Lampoon, in Netflix’s new original movie A Futile And Stupid Gesture.

If you’ve never heard of National Lampoon, they kicked off as a magazine in the States before dipping their toe into cinema with the likes of Animal House, Caddyshack and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The movie, which is narrated to screen by Martin Mull as an older Doug Kenney, deals with the rise of popularity in the company, every bump (you’ll get that joke when you watch the trailer) along the way, and displaying the kind of debauchery that humanity has scarcely approached since Ancient Rome.

Directed by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), the cast-list of famous people playing famous people that don’t look particular look like includes Thomas Lennon as Michael O’Donoghue, Joel McHale as Chevy Chase, John Gemberling as John Belushi, Jon Daly as Bill Murray, Seth Green as Christopher Guest, Lonny Ross as Ivan Reitman, Paul Scheer as Paul Shaffer, Armen Weitzman as Lorne Michaels, and Jackie Tohn as Gilda Radner.

But wait til you see Gleeson in this trailer, we had to do a few double-takes to make sure our eyes weren’t playing tricks on us.

A Futile And Stupid Gesture will premiere on Netflix on Friday 26 January 2018.

Clip via Netflix

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