Escaping 007's shadow
Pierce Brosnan was sitting on the patio of a Beverly Hills restaurant sipping a beer last week when he was assailed by a gaggle of lively elderly women.
"You are gorgeous in person," exclaimed one lady with a thick New York accent who appeared to be in her 80s. "You look spectacular! I just got 20 years younger."
"You look gorgeous," Brosnan replied.
"Ugh! God, I'm in love. That's James Bond," she said, whispering to her friends as she shuffled away.
By the end of the spring, Brosnan, 56, will have appeared in five new films this year -- but to some, he'll always be James Bond. It's been eight years since the release of "Die Another Day," the last of the four films in which Brosnan reprised the iconic role of the unstoppable spy who loves women, fast cars and nifty gadgets. Just as one of his predecessors, Sean Connery, was able to leave behind the Bond role later in his career, Brosnan too is hoping that audiences will eventually be able to see him as more than just the international man of mystery.
That effort is reflected in Brosnan's latest spate of work. His most recent film, "The Greatest," on which he also served as a producer, opens Friday and tells the story of a father grappling with the death of his son. It shares in the serious tone of March's "Remember Me," in which he was embattled in a different kind of father-son relationship with teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson. There has also been Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," in which Brosnan played an emotionally distant former prime minister, as well as his less dramatic turn as a bearded centaur in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians." Later this month, he'll serve as the narrator on the environmental documentary "Oceans."
The diversity in projects was a conscious choice, said Brosnan, who was dressed immaculately in a crisp button-up and blazer with nary a crease. His face too was virtually without wrinkles -- his hair, peppered with just a hint of gray, was the only sign of his age.
"I said to my agents, 'Look, it's time to really work, and to find and explore other avenues here as an actor,' " he explained. "It doesn't have to be leading roles. Let's not be tripped up by past information. It's time to try and have longevity as an actor."
It was a move that surprised even the director of "The Greatest," 33-year-old Shana Feste.
"Initially, we never thought we could get someone like Pierce, with me as a first-time director on a low-budget film. It was the jackpot of actors for us," said Feste. "You associate him with Bond and this very GQ, slick, sexy persona, but he's actually a real chameleon and I don't think mainstream audiences have seen that yet."
In reality, Brosnan has been distancing himself from that image since one of his first big post-Bond roles, 2005's "The Matador," for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for his turn as an eccentric, burned-out hit man.
"At the time, I was definitely still very connected to the image and the history of Bond," he said. "Even when I was in it. It just lives with you. It permeates your life. And you know that going in, but the reality of it -- the overcoat is really large, and can be quite heavy at times. So you have to break the shackles of that."
Greg Kinnear, who also starred in "Matador" and will play opposite Brosnan again in the upcoming "Salvation Boulevard," described the role as "the best thing that could have happened" to Brosnan.
"I was sitting there watching this man painting his toenails purple and be completely fearless," he said. "I don't think he was even consciously reinventing himself. I just think of him more as a character actor than as a franchise player."
Brosnan began exploring his passion for the arts as a teenager in England (where his Irish Catholic family moved when he was 11). After leaving school at 16, he found a home at the Oval House Theatre, then an English arts lab.
"I had a romantic notion of being in the movies, but the reality was in finding an education for myself and finding an articulation of speech and passion for myself as an actor," he said. To help find that identity, Brosnan enrolled at the Drama Centre in South London. After leaving, he landed work with such acclaimed directors as Tennessee Williams and Franco Zeffirelli. Then in 1981, he and his wife, Cassandra Harris (who died of ovarian cancer in 1991) took out a second mortgage on their Wimbeldon home to afford a move to the U.S. A year later, Brosnan landed a role on the NBC detective series "Remington Steele," which would run until 1987 and make him an American star.
"I was trained and led to believe, as a young actor out of drama school, that I could play anything," he said. "And you come to America and find yourself in a TV series -- which I am forever grateful for because it allowed me to have the career that I've got -- but I never expected to be branded so. Or to be pigeon-holed."
He's tried to separate his identity from his more recognized screen personas in part by forming his own production company, Irish DreamTime, in 1996, for which he's overseen eight films, with more in the pipeline.
"The company was also a good way to take things that might not come down the stretch," said Beau St. Clair, a partner in the company. "You can create new avenues for yourself because this town is so much like, if you play an assassin, you get assassin scripts. You've gotta keep going, 'Oh, no, look over here, see this? I can do this.' "
Ewan McGregor, Brosnan's costar in "The Ghost Writer," said he admires the actor's exploration.
"I like what Pierce has done since he's left Bond," McGregor said. "He's really playing interesting roles and characters we haven't seen him play before. I think he's enjoying a real golden age."
But Brosnan, who is remarried and has five kids, three from his first marriage and two boys with his current wife, bristles at the thought that to some -- like the group of women who had passed by earlier -- he's a movie star. Instead, he opts to describe himself as a working actor.
"Movie star? Clint [Eastwood] is a movie star. Jack [Nicholson] is a movie star," he said. "If I'm called a movie star, then great. I certainly wanted to be one. I dreamt about it, in my own quiet way. I definitely have played the leading man, but I also see myself as a character actor -- a working actor. It just fits me well. It gives me a grounding."
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Brosnan "real-life Bond"
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Pierce Brosnan saved Uma Thurman from a runaway minivan.
The Irish actor, who was on location filming new movie 'Percy Jackson', spotted the out-of-control vehicle speeding down a hill straight towards his blonde co-star.
A source said: "No one was aboard the runaway van as it barrelled towards a grassy area where Uma was relaxing with cast and crew. Pierce yelled, 'Get out of the way!'
He raced after the van, wrenched open the driver's side door, jumped in and slammed on the brakes.
"He raced after the van, wrenched open the driver's side door, jumped in and slammed on the brakes."
Before the actor - who played iconic British spy James Bond in four movies - managed to stop the vehicle, it hit a curb and crashed into rubbish bins - sending cast and crew running in all directions to avoid the collision.
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Since 1962, EON Productions has cranked out 21 James Bond films, with six different actors taking the Bond mantle and 10 different directors guiding them through it; 33 sexy sirens vying for Bond's attention and affections (15 of those with ridiculous names like Pussy Galore, Honey Ryder, Jinx and Solitaire); 195 Bond-executed kills; and a dozen near or faked Bond deaths. Impressive stats for a single character and ones that allow for events like Beach Theatre's James Bond Festival, where you can see seven 007 films for $7. Among the featured selections are the first five in the series, in which a young and sexy Sean Connery set the suave Bond standard. Although he was apparently the filmmakers' last choice, Connery fit the role so well that by 1971, following George Lazenby's single underwhelming portrayal of Bond in the sixth film, Connery was bribed back into the franchise one more time with a $2 million paycheck and a share in the film's gross profits. To this day, Connery is considered by many to be the preeminent Bond. See him in newly restored 35mm prints of Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice while enjoying (shaken, not stirred) vodka martinis and various giveaways; The Spy Who Loved Me (starring Roger Moore) and Goldeneye (starring Pierce Brosnan) are also on the screening schedule. Aug 22-24, showtimes vary, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, $7 weekend pass/$3 single admission, 727-360-6697, beach-theatre.com.
Brosnan talks about making of
London, July 7 : Irish/American actor Pierce Brosnan revealed that going back to Pinewood studio where he filmed the James Bond movies was a lot of fun, especially since the role he was playing at that time was the total opposite.
Brosnan had returned to the studio for the filming of the musical Mamma Mia, in which he had a singing part.
"It was great fun going back to the scene of the crime doing this movie, kicking over the ghosts left right and centre," Daily Mirror quoted him as saying laughingly.
"Daniel Craig and the company weren't there so we had it all to ourselves. But I did have this image of me strutting down the corridors in my spandex suit and high heels bumping into Dan looking all butch and Bond like.
That would have been interesting," he said.
In the new movie Mamma Mia, Brosnan plays one of three men who may or may not be the father of Meryl Streep's teenage daughter.
According to the script, he travels to her Greek island home for her wedding where passions are rekindled with her mum.
The whole storyline is played out against a medley of catchy Abba hits belted out by Brosnan and co, who said he took the role without realising how much singing he'd have to do.
"I have sung before in a film of mine called Evelyn," he said.
"I sang Irish pub songs and ballads but they are a lot simpler than the complexities of Abba.
"I have had a singing teacher in LA for many, many years just to work on my voice as an actor.
"This was the last thing I expected in this career of mine. But when the offer came in with a phone call from the States and they said Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!, Greece... I said 'Great, I'm in.'
"I didn't even ask how much, I just said I would do it. The next night I went to see the stage show and I saw the set and then they started singing and I thought 'oh dear, oh dear'. But by the end of the evening I was enchanted by the whole thing," he added.
Rehearsing in the studio and then spending weeks in the sun with Streep and co-stars Colin Firth and Julie Walters turned out to be more like fun than work.
"It was the best summer of my life," he said.
"I had the greatest experience and most pleasurable time working with them all.
"Working with Julie and Meryl was immense. I am a huge fan of both ladies and we had the best of times together.
"We had five weeks of rehearsals at Pinewood Studios and I didn't know why it was so long. But I became aware that we were becoming a theatrical company.
"We would go in and work on different songs and we would be sweating and tripping over each other and making fools of ourselves and making friendships and having the time of our lives," he added.
Exit Bond, Enter ... ABBA?
He is cold and jet-lagged as we sit down in a cabana by the pool of a Los Angeles hotel. It's 70 degrees out, but Pierce Brosnan is desperate for a bowl of soup. This chill makes sense only when you consider that the place he calls home is a balmy Hawaiian oasis he shares with his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, and their two youngest sons, Dylan, 11, and Paris, 7.
Brosnan's denim shirt is unbuttoned just enough to reveal a strand of Tibetan beads, given to him years ago by a Buddhist monk during a turbulent flight. He wears the necklace for good luck whenever he flies. Raised Catholic on the Emerald Isle, he believes in the luck of the Irish. When you ask him if he's spiritual, he says, "I pray. And I pray there's a heaven!"
The suave guy Brosnan played for seven years still shows in the actor's fine features and the grace with which he, well, eats a bowl of soup. While it used to be his martini that was shaken, not stirred, now, at 55, Brosnan has got something else shaking. In his new movie, Mamma Mia!, he sings, dances, and woos Meryl Streep. "There's a sequence when we're all wet," he says of the film inspired by the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA. "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." Thank goodness, the ladies' man lives on.
Q. What drew you to this movie? A. 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.
Q. How did you fare with all the singing you had to do for the role?
A. 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 Bjõrn [Ulvaeus] from ABBA. My family let me know that they were very worried for Dad when they first heard Dad sing. But sing I did.
Q. I heard that for the dance routines, you wore tights.
A. No, we had the Mamma Mia! spandex fishtail flares and high-heel boots. I thought it was a hoot.
Q. Mamma Mia! is set in Greece, ABBA hails from Sweden, and you recently became a U.S. citizen. What drove that decision?
A. It was the pain that we've been living with since 9/11. I've been here 25 years. I've paid taxes. I wanted to have a voice.
Q. Have you held on to many of your Irish roots?
A. I'm very Americanized now. But the love of the country, the love of the land, and, I suppose, the religion live with me.
Q. Do you still practice the Catholicism you were reared with?
A. I was an altar boy. That never leaves you. So when there are churches around, I go to church. I just went yesterday. I also love the teachings of Buddhist philosophy. It's my own private faith. I don't preach it, but it's a faith that is a comfort to me when the night is long.
Q. Your father left when you were a toddler, and you were raised by relatives after your mother moved to London to go to nursing school. How did your childhood influence the father you've become?
A. My early childhood was very solitary. I was aware there wasn't a father figure, yet there was love there within a rather nomadic life, living with grandparents, an aunt, and an uncle before finally connecting with my mother. That said, I don't want my children to have that kind of life. I want them to feel like they belong and to know the love of family. It's what makes me tick. Having been a father for many years now, I'm very aware of how precious the time with my children is.
Q. Why did you and your family move from Los Angeles to Hawaii?
A. We went there thinking of the future, of a place to grow children. And it's a bit like Ireland with the heat turned up. It's got a mythology that fascinates me. Our home is a sanctuary, and Keely's a fantastic gardener. From weed and sand, she has cultivated Samoans, magnificent palm trees. We have fruit -- Meyer lemons, papayas, and mangoes. And bountiful gardenias where they said gardenias wouldn't grow.
Q. You and Keely were environmentalists long before it became fashionable. What's one green thing you do at home?
A. We have a compost bin. The boys know how to compost all the food, and it goes into the garden.
Q. Do you have other family rituals?
A. I make the kids pancakes in the morning. We have picnics. I'm learning how to surf with my boys. At their ages, they really want to rock.
Q. I've heard that you like to paint in your free time.
A. Yes. I find I do it best when I'm feeling out of sorts. And the boys and I paint together.
Q. Didn't you plan to be a painter before you became an actor?
A. I left school in England at 15 to draw and paint. My dream was to make album covers. I also did odd jobs like washing dishes, cleaning houses, and driving a cab. I didn't really dig that. I had a very bad sense of direction. I'd think, Oh dear, this is a challenge. Now we've got to drive. But once I found the world of theater, I was off to the races! And I have no plans of retiring. I will carry on making movies, being an actor, producing, or writing-or I'll make paintings.
Q. Are you an optimist?
A. Absolutely. You have to have hope. It's the only way to go on
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Brosnan interview for "Parade"
13th of June 2008
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Welcome to paradise!’ Pierce Brosnan lifts his glass to toast me and his wife of six years, Keely. We’re at their oceanfront Hawaiian home, dining on salade niçoise and pasta with locally grown mushrooms. The setting is stunning, and the views of nature are spectacular. Brosnan is not kidding about lifestyle on the north coast of Kauai being bliss. In this glamorous atmosphere, he is looking movie-star handsome in seersucker shorts and flip-flops, and Keely’s hair is still wet from a swim in the sea.
“Living here has been very insular and rewarding,” Brosnan says with a smile. “It has allowed me to be a father who can sit quietly with my two young sons, Dylan and Paris [ages 11 and 7]. I paint, and they paint. And we play guitar. We play ukulele. My wife is an ace gardener, and the kids get in the mud with her. You can have a very simple life here.”
His onscreen life has been very different, given that he seems to have spent much of it in a tuxedo. The ’80s TV series Remington Steele helped create his reputation as a suave rogue, and playing James Bond in four hit movies established Brosnan as a jet-setting ladies’ man. The Thomas Crown Affair also helped seal his image as a first-class man of style.
“It’s a hard game, the movie game,” he says, relaxed now, with his dog sleeping at his feet. “You’re judged constantly. You have to be as tough as old boots. You have to keep up as an actor—physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally—just to be there, because, when the opportunity comes around, the door can close so quickly. ‘Do you sing?’ Of course I sing. ‘Do you sky-dive?’ Of course I do. ‘Do you fight?’ Yeah. ‘Are you a lover?’ Are you kidding? ‘What are you?’ So that’s ingrained in me, as an actor, to be prepared, I suppose.”
But Brosnan wasn’t prepared when he got a phone call out of the blue about four years ago saying his tenure as 007 was done. Daniel Craig would take over the part of James Bond. “I didn’t see that coming,” he says. “I thought we were going to do a fifth film. And I was going to take a gracious bow off the stage. Instead of that, you are just told, ‘Goodbye.’ That’s the way it goes down in life. It’s as hard and as fast as that. I had done my contract. They had invited me back, and they changed their mind. It’s business.”
The implication was that Brosnan, now 55, was too old for the part. Women in the movie business are used to hearing that, but not a guy who’s still a leading man. “That was a shock, yes,” he says with a laugh. “I never thought of myself as being too old. It was startling to hear such things said about oneself, especially when you thought you were going down that particular avenue, and then the door gets slammed in your face.”
Shaken and stirred but not bitter, Brosnan now thinks passing the Bond baton was a blessing. “Oh, it turned out very lucky,” he says. “Within the space of the punch and the pain of being passed over or rejected or the bottom of your world falling out, within that same breath came this liberation of, ‘I’m free. I can do anything I want.’ It’s up to me to have the guts to make the next stage of my career as interesting and as exciting and unexpected as possible.”
Brosnan has Always kept his career varied, taking on roles from suave to seedy. He’s shown his range in movies like Evelyn, The Matador, and Seraphim Falls. Soon we’ll see the biggest stretch of his career (think sparkly blue spandex bell bottoms), when he serenades Meryl Streep in the screen version of the popular musical Mamma Mia! It opens July 18.
Romance we expected, but declaring his love in song? You have to wonder if the prospect of belting out “S.O.S.” and those other very familiar ABBA songs was daunting. “Well, everybody has danced to this music,” says Brosnan, “so I just went for it. They said ‘Meryl Streep, filming in Greece all summer,’ and I said ‘yes.’ ” He shakes his head. “Not to say I wasn’t terrified to my core.”
Just picture Brosnan on the beach, singing to the waves along with his iPod. “I walked up and down the coast and sang karaoke to my own voice for about six weeks. 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.” He grins triumphantly. “In the end, they liked it so much they added a verse to my big song.”
The vocals were one kind of challenge. The costumes were even scarier. “It was a hoot,” he recalls. “To look at this outfit and say to yourself, ‘I’m going to put this on and walk out there in platform shoes and camp around singing.’ I
just told myself we were in too deep to go back.”
He chuckles. “You have to be able to make fun of your own dignity. You’ve got to let the movie make fun of your dignity. To let it rip is brilliantly exhilarating.”
Though he loves his laid-back life in Hawaii, Brosnan admits he’s ready to go back to the mainland. “I’m a worker,” he says. “Every job I got I had to fight for. I’ve been lucky, but I’ve worked hard at it. I love making movies. I love the adventure of being an actor. I have to stay sharp.”
Brosnan has lived the giant ups and downs of the Hollywood fantasy. Twenty-one years ago, his first wife, Cassandra Harris, became ill with ovarian cancer. Brosnan chose to put aside work and stay by her side through the ordeal. “That’s what we’re supposed to do,” he says. “We’re human beings. In sickness and in health, you know?” Her death was a giant loss to their son, Sean, who is now on his way to being an actor. (Brosnan also adopted Cassie’s two children by a previous husband.)
Brosnan defines himself as a “working actor” who’s never lost touch with the real side of life. “Having endured, I suppose, playing James Bond and not playing James Bond, that makes you thick-skinned,” he says. “But I had that skin beforehand anyway, because I had the philosophy that I was going to be successful and hopefully successful without being detrimental to myself as a person.
“You struggle with money. You struggle without money. You struggle with love. You struggle without love. But it’s how you manage. You have to keep laughing, you have to be fun to be with, and you have to live with style—not fancy-schmancy, but in a way which is present and meaningful and has some beauty to it.”
He leans forward with enthusiasm. “You’ve got to be a fighting rooster, man,” says Brosnan. “You’ve got to get out there and preen those feathers and look like you know what you’re doing and hope you know what you’re doing and have a good time.”
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P. Brosnan honoured @ Maui Filmfestival
Movie stars Pierce Brosnan, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Quaid will be honored June 12 at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, bringing stardust to the 2008 Maui Film Festival, slated June 11 through 15, 2008 at the Wailea Resort and the Maui & Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Actress Felicity Huffman also will be honored in a separate event June 13.
Brosnan, widely known for his James Bond roles ("Golden Eye," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "The World Is Not Enough" and "Die Another Day"), will also be seen in the forthcoming "Mamma Mia," will receive the festival's Maverick Award, which honors a film artist committed to making movies that matter and embraces environmental concerns to promote a better life on Earth.
Newsletter from Pierce
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Happy Earth Day.
In celebration of Earth Day, I thought it fitting to pay tribute to Fred Krupp and Mariam Horn's new book, EARTH: The Sequel (The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming). Fred and Mariam's message is profound; once effective federal legislation to cap global warming pollution and establish an emissions trading system is passed, the multi-trillion dollar race toward the new energy sector will be unleashed and thus there will be no need for mankind to continue denigrating our environment because of our fierce addiction to fossil fuel.
Environmental Defense Fund is a great organization and I urge you to visit their website www.edf.org to learn more.
Many of your e-mails have requested a top 10 list of “daily things to do” to promote environmental consciousness. I hope this list inspires you to find a number of ways to protect the planet that are meaningful to you.
1) Eat organic and buy fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheese, eggs, honey and other food products at farmer’s markets which support local farmers and growers. No farms…no food.
2) Use eco-friendly products and services. Purchase all-natural, organic household cleaners, recycled paper products, organic cotton, and non-GMO food products. Locate an organic dry cleaner. Hire an eco-friendly gardening or car service.
3) Recycle everything possible, including printer cartridges, paper products, newspaper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans, cell phones, computers, etc... and cut paper consumption by using e-mail.
4) Give back – support individuals and organizations who are doing extraordinary work for our planet. Over the years The Brosnan Trust has distributed more than one million dollars to environmental organizations, schools, activists, women’s healthcare and various animal and children’s charities.
5) Plant an organic garden or a victory garden– for yourself or a friend and promote green living.
6) Compost kitchen scraps-- from banana peels to coffee grounds, and green waste. Purchase a rotating or stackable composter and start a green waste pile that can be used to fortify your garden naturally.
7) Promote environmental education. We currently fund environmental programs for kindergarten thru grade 12 (Roots and Shoots) in California and helped pass legislation which requires the state of California to design environmental curriculum for all its students.
8) Donate to off set your emissions (plant trees with Tree people; pay a carbon tax when traveling in environmentally sensitive areas, etc).
9) Design an eco friendly home that features energy efficient appliances, low flow and/or composting toilets, state of the art solar technology, recycled grey water, reclaimed hardwoods, and non-toxic paint and building materials.
10) Speak up -- use your voice and speak out about important environmental issues (examples over the past 13 years: stopping BHP’s LNG Terminal off the coast of Oxnard and Malibu, Mitsubishi from building a massive salt factory in Lagoon San Ignacio, protesting the US Navy harming whales with sonar and the French Government’s nuclear testing program in the South Pacific, promoting Dolphin Safe Tuna and supporting the Heritage Tree Bill.)
In the words of my dear friend Jane Goodall;
“Only if we understand can we care,
Only if we care will we help,
Only if we help shall all be saved.”
One person can and does make a difference. What kind of difference do you want to make?
The trailers for Mamma Mia are now playing in theaters. I hope the pure joy we all felt while making the movie shines through. Since the completion of Mamma Mia last fall I have been in Hawaii with my family, making the commute back and forth to Los Angeles and London for various meetings on future projects including the sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair.
On this Earth Day, I wish you and yours peace and joy.
8th of January
Newsletter from Pierce
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January 8, 2007
Happy New Year.
I'm pleased to announce that my latest film Seraphim Falls, an epic action/thriller set against the backdrop of the American Civil War starring Liam Neeson and myself, will be released on January 26th, 2007. The film was written and directed by David Von Ancken, and is a visceral study of revenge and the aftermath of war. Shot entirely on location in Taos and Santa Fe, I hope the raw brutality and savage beauty Seraphim Falls will leave you on the edge of your seats.
Following, look for Butterfly On A Wheel, produced by Irish DreamTime, co-starring Maria Bello and Gerard Butler. It's a psychological thriller directed by Mike Barker and written by Bill Morrissey. Also due for release in 2007, Marriage, an ensemble piece, written and directed by Ira Sachs and starring Christopher Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Patricia Clarkson. The film is a period piece set in Seattle in 1949, and is a story we can all relate to, one of love and marriage, secrets and sorrows.
Having completed Marriage near the end of summer, one of three films I made back to back, I decided to take some time off this fall and spend it with my family. It gets harder and harder to leave home for long periods of time to make movies as my youngest children are 5 and 9, and it's good being home to share in their adventures.
Stay tuned for more movie news!
Love and only love,
15th of January
Pierce Brosnan nominated for
"best actor in a lead role" .
Mr. Brosnan is nominated for "best actor in a lead role" for his role in "The Matador"
Other nominees are Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson,Cillian Murphy.
The awards will be presented on the 9th of February 2007.
Pierce already contacted the academy to express his delight @ becoming a lifetime member of the academy.
26th of January
Release "Seraphim Falls"(USA)
Other releases ;
UK ;April 2007
Argentina ; 17th of May
The Netherlands ; 31st of May
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Western about a former Union Army officer running from his past and a Southern farmer out to make him pay for it. With Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson. Director: David Von Ancken (1:55). R: Violence, language. At area theaters.
No such place as "Seraphim Falls" exists in the United States, nor do we see much of it in the movie directed by David Von Ancken. But what happens at this mythical farm at the end of the Civil War fuels one of the most single-minded avengers in modern Western lore.
Maybe I should say since "The Outlaw Josey Wales," the 1976 Clint Eastwood movie that has essentially the same premise: a farmer loses his family to a sudden raid and devotes his life to tracking down and killing the perpetrators.
The big difference in the new movie, besides not having Eastwood in it, is its spare, psychologically naked approach. Josey Wales had a whole bunch of raiders in his sights; Liam Neeson's Carver has just one: the former Union Army Capt. Gideon (Pierce Brosnan).
In the opening shot, the bearded Gideon is alone at his mountain campsite when a bullet tears though his left shoulder and knocks him to the snowy earth.
While he pulls himself up and rushes down the mountain, we join Carver some distance away with his four hired hands, one of whom had just made that perfect shot.
"Don't kill him," Carver repeats. "Appendages only."
From the exhilarating opening to the final sequence, we're in the middle of a chase with one man trying to survive and the other trying not to let him.
Back and forth we go from Gideon, alone, to Carver and his dwindling band, mercenary gunmen cut from the herd one at a time and killed by Gideon, in gruesome ways.
Beautifully shot in New Mexico and Oregon by cinematographer John Toll ("Braveheart," "The Thin Red Line"), "Seraphim Falls" gains strength as it loses incidental cast members.
This being an intentional Western myth, Von Ancken and screenwriter Abby Everett Jaques introduce archetypal Western characters - a wagon train of Bible spouters, some Asian railroad workers, a strange Indian guarding a water hole - and at least one character who makes no sense at all.
That's the snake oil saleswoman (Anjelica Huston) who shows up out of nowhere to offer the parched and horseless Gideon a bottle of healin' juice.
Without these odd digressions, watching "Seraphim" might feel too much like being in it. Brosnan barely speaks above a whisper and, as the pursuer being constantly outfoxed by his prey, Neeson doesn't have that much to do until he finally catches up with him.
Nonetheless, this is an entertaining Western with some earnest ideas about forgiveness, redemption and the loss of innocents.