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Star Wars actor Gleeson: Villa Wembley win was special day

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Star Wars actor Gleeson: Villa Wembley win was special day


Star Wars actor Domhnall Gleeson has described Villa's win over Liverpool at Wembley as one of the "great days of my life."

And that says something considering what Gleeson has packed into his 31 years on the planet.

Gleeson - son of fellow Hollywood ace Brendan Gleeson - has so far starred in the Harry Potter films, True Grit, rom-com favourite About Time, indie-flick Frank and futuristic sci-fi thriller Ex Machina.

He is now set to appear in the new JJ Abrams films - Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But the Dublin-born actor, director and writer seems far more interested in the lion stirring as he spoke about his big claret and blue affection.

He has appeared alongside Michael Fassbender, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Bill Nighy.

But he's far more comfortable discussing the qualities of Jack Grealish, Christian Benteke and Tim Sherwood as his eyes light up regarding the Reds win in the national stadium.

He said: "It was an amazing day. I went with my dad. He's a Villa fan too.

"It was one of those opportunities to have a day out unlike any other.

"We hadn't been in the semi-final for a few years. So we thought 'screw it, we're going.' "We had really good seats. We were really lucky.

"Liverpool scored and we felt like crap. And then we scored and it was unbelievable.

"I had that horrible thought at half-time of 'What if we win?' That was the first time I thought we could do it.

"I am a pessimist by nature so I had gone assuming we'd get beaten.

"It was unbelievable. The atmosphere was amazing. It was literally half-and-half in terms of fans. I hadn't seen that before. There was no dotting around of supporters.

"I hugged my dad on the final whistle and then we had a drink or two. We definitely reveled in the victory.

"We played really, really well too. There was nothing jammy about the win. We controlled the game.

"I thought we played great. Fabian Delph was amazing and Jack Grealish was fantastic.

"It was a special day. That was one of the great days of my life. We played beautifully. You have to enjoy it."


Gleeson revealed that he supported Villa initially due to their strong Irish connections in the 1990s but is now a staunch claret and blue man.

He continued: "I inherited the Villa from my dad.

"We won the European Cup in 1982, I was born in 1983 - and then when I was growing we had the great team - Paul McGrath, Steve Staunton, Andy Townsend, Ray Houghton - I love Ray Houghton!

"These were brilliant Irish players and inspired me.

"We won the League Cup a couple of times in the 1990s and beat Man Utd in 1994. Two of my brothers were Man Utd fans so when we won that trophy it was pretty, pretty sweet.

"I used to play football myself back then. I played right-back. I wasn't quick. But I'd get stuck in as hard as I can. I was from the 'take the man and the ball' school - there were a lot of sliding tackles!"

Gleeson admits this season's trials and tribulations have been "terrifying" and hopes we can "kick on a little next season."

He's hopeful due to the commitment of dynamic Delph and the man-management skills of Sherwood.

He added: "Tim was inspiring at Tottenham. He got Emmanuel Adebayor firing and he's done the same with Christian Benteke. He has had a great effect on the team.

"Delph is unbelievable. He cost a lot of money when he arrived as a teenager. He was highly rated. It wasn't happening for a while.

"But he's now playing really, really well. He has signed a new deal - that made me so happy. He had a great game against Liverpool. He's someone to base the team around."

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By @AVFCOfficial 13th May 2015