P.B. Maui interview

Maui interview

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WAILEA — Just as Pierce Brosnan was being introduced at a Maui Film Festival tribute at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Thursday night, the rain began to really come down.

“I’m deeply proud to be here,” began the actor.

“We’re having a little blessing,” he added without missing a beat.

With a home on Kauai, he is obviously no stranger to an island way of looking at things.

“I’m from Ireland,” he explained, describing his Hawaii life with his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, and kids as “a bit like Ireland, with the heat turned up.”

Brosnan, 55, was accepting the festival’s Maverick Award “in honor of his commitment to make movies that matter as well as his long-standing efforts to work for environmental justice and the triumph of the spirit of all life on earth.”

Sprinkled among his acting prizes are the 2007 Goldene Kamera Award for his environmental efforts, honorary doctorates from the Dublin Institute of Technology and the University College Cork and an Order of the British Empire bestowed by the queen.

By his own account, his acting career is a “work in progress.”

With his place in screen legend and on the box-office charts firmly established for playing guys like James Bond, Thomas Crown and Remington Steele, there’s been a twinkle in Brosnan’s eye during his festival appearances, as though bemused at his success, his looks, the effect he has on audiences and fans.

His tribute Thursday followed others earlier that evening for actress Virginia Madsen and actor Dennis Quaid.

“Someone like Mr. Dennis Quaid and myself are people in our 50s. You have a career, you’ve built up a reputation, you want to stay at the table as long as you can and you want to be able to grow,” he mused.

“You want to be able to create interesting roles. That comes about by being courageous and adventuresome and leaping off into the wild blue yonder and trying to do something different.

“I’ve made a very good career on the back of Remington Steele and James Bond. I suppose that’s what I’ll be known for. But now, what else? What else do you have up your sleeve.”

He pulled an ace out of his sleeve in 2005 in his Golden Globe-nominated performance in the comedy “The Matador.” In it he plays Julian Noble, international assassin on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Actually, in the midst of one, with hilarious consequences.

The comedy wasn’t a reaction or commentary on all that James Bond smoothness, said Brosnan, “but just a bloody great script and a subversive piece of material that found me at the right time, on the cusp of change.”

An actor from the age of 18, “my work in the theater before I came to America was very diverse, be it that I was very young, at age 22, 23, 24, 25. I worked with really amazing people, Franco Zeffirelli, Tennessee Williams, and some people you would never know of. I came to America and found my niche being dashing and suave, and I ran like hell with it. So I could be commercial, so I could make money, so I could have a great life and hopefully within it, do things that were rough and edgy.”

Not to mention, singing and dancing. He co-stars with Meryl Streep in the upcoming movie version of the Broadway hit “Mamma Mia,” set for release in July. Working with the iconic actress, he said, “you see all these faces float before you,” referring to the many unforgettable roles in her resume.

“And she’s a team player,” he added, referring to the challenge, and a certain pride, at their musical and dance accomplishments.

Brosnan’s dapper image is also fair game for comedy. In “Married Life,” for example, an ironic fable recently screened by the Maui Film Festival, he plays a debonair bachelor in the 1940s. When his friend, played by Chris Cooper, confides his guilt about having an affair with a younger woman and plans to murder his wife in order to spare her the pain of his infidelity, Pierce sagely offers advice, and then makes his own plans to steal his friend’s mistress.

That rakish rascal “was me, within that piece,” he said. “You get typecast. The man I played had been around the block many times, has never married, never settled down. That look in his eye was me, within the part.”

There’s a new affair planned for Thomas Crown as well as an upcoming project with Susan Sarandon. His recent roles and his performance in smaller, edgier comedies and dramas have reminded audiences that under the leading man lurks an actor of considerable range.

“It’s all a responsibility to the writer, to how good the material is,” he said. “You always have a responsibility to the writer, first and foremost. If you get caught up in the rest of it, you’ll fall apart.”

For his part, Brosnan says, “I’m having the time of my life. It’s kind of beginning all over again.”

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