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We know that Wednesday can sometimes be a slow crawl to the weekend, so we here at MTV Movies Blog are here to help you get through your hump-day with an exclusive clip from the upcoming dark comedy "The Guard."

"The Guard" tells the story of an unorthodox Irish policeman (played by Brendan Gleeson), who is teamed up with a straight-laced FBI agent (Don Cheadle, "Crash" and "Iron Man 2") to investigate an international cocaine-smuggling gang. If you're a Potter-Head, you'll recognize Gleeson from the "Harry Potter" series as Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody in "Goblet of Fire," "Order of the Phoenix" and the more recent "Deathly Hallows: Part 1."

So what exactly happens when you mix a confrontational cop, a quirky young boy, a dog, and a large bag of guns? A history lesson, apparently. Take a look at the exclusive clip below!

"The Guard" is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh and hits theaters on July 29. Tell us what you think of the clip in the comments section and on Twitter!

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Narrowing down your favorite supporting characters throughout the whole wide wizarding world of the "Harry Potter" universe is no easy task, but smart money puts Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody towards the top of most fans' lists.

Moody, a crucial member of the Order of the Phoenix and mentor of Harry's, has come to stunning life on the big-screen in three separate "Potter" flicks not just by actor Brendan Gleeson, but also the fantastic array of special effects and makeup artists who created the hard-drinking Auror's scarred appearance and his literal wandering eye.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Blu-ray and DVD that hits streets on April 15, "Potter" fans are invited to take a look at how the production team brought Mad-Eye Moody out of J.K. Rowling's written imagination and into the plane of cinematic existence.


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Brendan GleesonProgress on "Safe House" evokes mixed emotions. On the one hand, the idea of Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington together in a CIA thriller is very exciting. On the other, it's just one more movie standing between Reynolds and "Deadpool," and we're starting to wonder whether or not he'll ever have the chance to do the Merc with the Mouth justice.

But while "Deadpool" remains in development limbo, the show must go on. And it's certainly going, as "Safe House" has roped in a quartet of fantastic actors for the forthcoming action flick.

The Wrap reports that "Harry Potter" actor Brendan Gleeson, "Black Hawk Down" star Sam Shepard, "Clash of the Titans'" Liam Cunningham and the T-1000 himself, Robert Patrick, are all on board for "Safe House," the Universal thriller from director Daniel Espinosa and writer David Guggenheim.


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One of the more interesting flicks here at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is the Don Cheadle/Brendan Gleeson starrer "The Guard," a British cop flick that finds Cheadle's FBI agent heading to Ireland to team up with Gleeson's local constable. Both men are Sundance staples, including Gleeson's recent and brilliant "In Bruges," so you can be sure you'll be hearing about this film soon.

The two men's instant chemistry was on full display when MTV's Josh Horowitz met up with the pair for a fun, and sometimes wacky, interview. Get a taste of it below and then click here to check out our ever-growing list of Sundance interviews.

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Who says the Sundance Film Festival is all about posh parties, star-studded red-carpet premieres and the best and brightest in independent film? That's right, we do -- which is why we've been posting tons of exclusive Sundance clips and reporting back with plenty of news scoops (such as Elijah Wood talking about "The Hobbit"). But apparently, Sundance is also about getting kicked in the nuts by Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson.

That very thing happened to MTV's own Josh Horowitz, who was chatting with Cheadle and Gleeson about their Sundance drug-smuggling thriller "The Guard" when things took a turn for the painful. Perhaps Cheadle and Gleeson weren't too happy with Josh's questions, or maybe they just needed a little bit of exercise to keep warm in the cold Park City, Utah, temps. Whatever the case, the end result was the two stars delivering a simultaneous swift kick to Josh's groin region... and we captured it on film just for posterity's sake. Check out the photo below.

Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson kick Josh in the nuts

What would you do if Cheadle and Gleeson kicked you in the groin?

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