16-06-08

Interview Daily record "Pierce Brosnan"

P.B interview

HE shot to fame playing the big screen's greatest superspy, but Pierce Brosnan is unleashing a whole new look - including spandex flares and stacked heels.

It's all for art of course. Next month Pierce stars in the movie version of the hit stage musical Mamma Mia!, the story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father, told using hit songs by Abba.

The Irish actor, who plays one of the prospective dads, admits he was initially a little shaken by the camp costumes - and the thought of the world hearing his singing voice.

He laughed: "I did a movie with my company Irish Dream Time a few years ago called Evelyn, and I sang in that.

"It was Irish pub songs. You know 'yeah, diddly-diddly-diddly-doo' with a pint of Guinness in my hand.

"It was a lot different than making a film about Abba.

"In this movie I sing When All Is Said And Done. I've never done anything as orchestrated or musically complex in my life. At first, I just made noises. Then I went to London and trained in the studio with Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus from Abba."

Pierce, 55, practised with long beach walks, singing along to his iPod to build up his vocal chords.

He added: "Then I went to New York for the first rehearsals, and I sounded dreadful. I quietly freaked out, and with my new-found bravado, I made a pig's ear of it. So I went back home and listened and sang some more."

Eventually, his voice got to the point that film bosses let Pierce loose on the soundtrack. "In the end, they liked it so much they added a verse to my big song," he said, triumphantly.

The film also stars Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Colin Firth, and Pierce admits he's had an actor's crush on Meryl for a long time.

He said: "My agent called and said, 'Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!,'" and I said, 'I'm in.' I didn't even know who I was playing. I kept thinking, I want to work with this wonderful actress."

The matinee idol even had a chance to grab a bit more of Meryl than just a duet. "There's a sequence when we're all wet," he revealed. "Meryl grabbed for my shirt and ripped off the buttons, at which point I grabbed her with the wildest embrace and relished every moment of it."

Although Pierce loves the stability of his marriage to former journalist Keely Shaye Smith, he gets a twinkle in his eye when asked if he tries to avoid getting close and personal with co-stars.

He said: "I know most actors say otherwise, but I like sex scenes. Bond was supposed to be this great lover, but I always found the love scenes in those movies a little dull. It's lovely to work out the fantasy of it all in celluloid and then go home to my wife."

There's obviously still something of the ladies' man about Pierce, even though some of the clothes he had to wear for Mamma Mia! were rather closer to ladyboy.

As part of his crooning and hoofing as Sam, one of the three ex-boyfriends, Pierce gets to dress up Seventies style, even pulling on spandex trousers.

"I thought it was a hoot," laughed Pierce, unembarrassed by his disco sequins. "One of my daydreams was that I'd be strutting across the parking lot in sequinned tights and a cape, and I would bump into Daniel Craig, looking very Bond-like."

The world of Bond is hard to escape, even though it's four years since Pierce, one of the most successful 007s, was told by the saga's makers that he was too old at 50. Replaced by the more English, less suave Daniel Craig, Pierce says he's one of the few people who hasn't seen Casino Royale yet.

"I haven't seen Daniel. I've been living in Hawaii," he claimed. "But I'm happy for him. He came in for a lot of flak, a lot of unnecessary flak. He's a superb actor, so all glory to him."

Pierce felt 'hurt and shocked' when it was announced that he was to be replaced by a younger Bond after the success of 2002's Die Another Day.

He said: "Losing Bond hurt me like mad. It was painful and unexpected."

Telling Keely that his 007 licence had been revoked was "torture" - he had been asked to play 007 for the fifth time, but film bosses changed their minds later and the shock of being publicly axed hurt badly.

Pierce recalled: "No one contacted me to tell me anything. No reason.

"Nothing. What do you do in circumstances like that?

"I was disappointed because I'd put so much into the role. And it would've been nice to get an explanation as to why and how it was coming to an end.

"I was hurt and a bit mystified, but Keely said: 'You have nothing to prove to anyone. Just move on.'

"I'm one of those guys who believes that you need a strong woman in your life. I take advice, so I've got no regrets."

The subject of marriage leads us neatly to Pierce's latest film.

Married Life premieres at the Edinburgh Film Festival and tells the story of a married man who cheats on his wife then plots to kill her to spare her the pain and shame of a divorce.

"It's a beautiful piece, I'm very proud of it," said Pierce, who plays the caddish best pal in love with his friend's wife.

Pierce's own love story with Keely began in 1994 when they met in Mexico over an interview, and there hasn't been another woman in his life since. They tied the knot seven years ago in a lavish bash in Ireland.

Pierce also credits their two sons, Dylan Thomas, 11, and Paris Beckett, 4, with helping him stay young.

"I'm a family man first and foremost," he said warmly. "My family is my sanctuary. It's what I work for."

That also goes for the three grown up children from his first marriage - Sean, his son by Cassandra Harris, who died of breast cancer and Christopher and Charlotte, her two children whom Brosnan later adopted.

He said: "Being a father is a huge responsibility but a satisfying one.

"Family is my stability and comfort.".

However the Brosnans have been the subject of some scrutiny lately, especially 43-year-old Keeley, who defies the standard Hollywood size zero in favour of a happy and more generous curvy body.

But loyal Pierce declared: "I love my wife's curves," and says she is always stunning to him, no matter what her size.

It's also the product of a healthy lifestyle as the Brosnans eat organic food and Pierce works hard to maintain the energy and looks of someone 20 years younger.

He said. "I try to be as disciplined as I possibly can. I try to live a fairly kind of clean life. I do yoga, I cycle and do weights and swim. I do whatever it takes.

I do it for my job, it's what my profession is about. Anyone who is worth their salt as an actor should keep some discipline.

"In America they go for that more than we do in Britain and Ireland."

There have been some concessions to the advancing years. For his last film, Seraphim Falls, he decided his grizzled gunslinger should have a beard. The director loved it, but Mrs Brosnan was aghast.

"It was a relief for Keely when I lost it after filming but I kind of rather liked it; I thought it gave me a certain gravitas, though I looked like a goat," he chuckled.

As well as an upcoming picture with Susan Sarandon, Pierce is set to appear in a sequel to 1999's update of the 1968 hit, The Thomas Crown Affair, in which he played the charming art thief of the title. The new film, The Topkapi Affair, will reportedly see his character moving on to stealing gems.

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.

For his part, Pierce says confidently, "I'm having the time of my life. It's kind of beginning all over again."

Mamma Mia! will be released released in cinemas on July 4.

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