Your first look at Donald Trump, as played by Brendan Gleeson in The Comey Rule


Gleeson looks confident as Donald Trump.

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The Komi Rules, a short series based on James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty, is set to appear on Showtime on 27 and 28 September. It features Jeff Daniels himself as Kome, with Brendan Gleeson playing Donald Trump.

In a new trailer released today, we finally get a brief glimpse of Gleason’s performance as Trump. He looks good

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Which is to be expected as Gleeson is one of the best actors in the business.

We see Trump parodying it. Everyone does a Trump impression. And while spoofs like Alec Baldwin’s recurring role on Saturday Night Live are good in their own way, Gleason’s take is far more dangerous. I am hoping that this shows that Gleason’s take is less than impression and more than performance. Sounds promising so far.

According to Vanity Fair, which revealed the trailer in a feature story first published today, Gleeson initially turned down the role, but later agreed to come on board with the project.

The Komi Rules is written and directed by Billy Ray, known for his work on Captain Phillips. He was intent on ensuring that the series would be released before the 2020 election.

“I wanted this series to air before the 2020 elections,” Ray told Vanity Fair. “I think our democracy is on the line right now. And I wanted this series to be part of that conversation.”

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