Brendan Gleeson unveils his take on Donald Trump in 'The Comey Rule' trailer

Tom Beasley
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Jeff Daniels as James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump in 'The Comey Rule'. (Credit: Showtime)
Jeff Daniels as James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump in 'The Comey Rule'. (Credit: Showtime)

Brendan Gleeson’s take on the unique voice and appearance of Donald Trump has been unveiled in the first trailer for The Comey Rule.

Gleeson portrays the controversial president in the two-part TV drama, written and directed by Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray.

Read more: First look image of Gleeson as Trump

The show is based on the memoir A Higher Loyalty by former FBI director James Comedy, who is played by Jeff Daniels.

Ray’s story follows the 2016 election as well as the early days of Trump’s presidency, until Comey was sacked in May 2017

The new trailer provides our first chance to listen to Trump’s vocal impersonation of the president as he talks about how people in the FBI “have it in for me”.

He later states, in true Trump style: "Nobody gets treated as unfairly as I do. I need loyalty."

The impressive cast of the show also includes Jennifer Ehle as Patrice Comey, Holly Hunter as former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Kingsley Ben-Adir as Barack Obama.

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Ray told Vanity Fair that Gleeson initially turned down the lead role and that many other actors followed suit, before the Irishman finally agreed.

In depicting Trump’s recognisable appearance, Ray revealed that the make-up and costume team actually “dialed down” elements of the president.

Brendan Gleeson participates in a panel discussion during a first look screening of 'Mr. Mercedes' S2 on August 8, 2018. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
Brendan Gleeson participates in a panel discussion during a first look screening of 'Mr. Mercedes' S2 on August 8, 2018. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

He added: “We made the contrast between the bags under his eyes and the orange skin softer than it actually is.

“We made the hair a little less cartoonish than it actually is. We made the suits fit a little bit better.

“We went out of our way to play fair because we felt we owed that to the public.”

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It has been made clear throughout the process of making The Comey Rule that this is a serious portrayal of the president, vastly different to Alec Baldwin’s Emmy-winning performances on Saturday Night Live.

The Comey Rule will air over two nights on 27-28 September, with a UK release yet to be confirmed.