Golden Globes nominee profile: Brendan Gleeson might finally hand Donald Trump a win for playing him in ‘The Comey Rule’

Irish actor Brendan Gleeson scored his fourth career Golden Globe nomination this year for his performance as Donald Trump in Showtime’s “The Comedy Rule.” His previous nominations were in the Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor category for “In Bruges” (2008) and “The Guard” (2011), and in the Best TV Movie/Limited Actor category for playing another instantly recognizable world leader, Winston Churchill, in the 2009 telefilm “Into the Storm.”

The Globes often award actors who play controversial real-life people in political series and TV films, particularly if they happen to be on the right-wing side of politics. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association might therefore embrace Gleeson this year just like they did for Russell Crowe last year for Showtime’s earlier political exposé, the Roger Ailes limited series “The Loudest Voice.” And seven years prior, the HFPA awarded Julianne Moore for her portrayal of proto-Trump vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in HBO’s 2012 telefilm “Game Change.”

This article is a part of Gold Derby’s “Golden Globes nominee profile” series spotlighting the 2021 contenders in film and TV.

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