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source ; http://www.nj.com by Stephen Whitty
He’s been Bond, James Bond — and Remington Steele, and the subject of countless fervid female fantasies.
And at 56, slim and elegant in a black suit, he could undoubtedly still kindle many more. His leading-man days are hardly behind him.
But currently, Pierce Brosnan is, as he likes to put it, a “working actor,” happily taking on a variety of character parts — a brave centaur in “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” a duplicitous politician in Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer,” a stubborn Brooklyn father in “Remember Me” — and, soon, a grieving parent in “The Greatest,” a “little jewel” of a movie he produced himself.
One recent afternoon in New York, an understandably exhausted Brosnan spoke easily about his busy schedule, his Irish childhood and fame. Even laughed about his singing in last year’s “Mamma Mia!” (“I was trying to woo back my lover with all my heartfelt yearnings. And people said, ‘Please put a bullet in that man and put him out of his misery!’ ”)
And when his cellphone rang, this multimillionaire “working actor” still briefly, politely, interrupted himself to check the caller ID.
“Sorry!” he said. “Could be a job!”
Q: It’s been a really wide range of parts for you, lately. In “Remember Me,” you’re this tough New York businessman.
A: Yes, this powerful, Donald Trump type. I’m very hard-nosed, separated from my wife — we’ve already lost one son to drugs, and I’m estranged from my other son, who’s played by Robert Pattinson. . . . It’s good. He’s very good in it, too. I’m so fond of Rob — this young fellow in the vortex of fame.
Q: And then in “The Ghost Writer,” you’re this politician facing a trial for war crimes. He’s a pretty shady character. And yet he gives a strong and rather stirring justification of himself at the end. He certainly doesn’t think he’s a villain.
A: Villains never do. There’s an ambivalence to him, and an ambivalence to his emotional heart. He’s a man who’s broken and hollowed out.
Q: There’s a bit of Beckett to that movie, isn’t there? This sort of absurdist tragedy, this Irish feeling of “Don’t worry — things will get worse.”
A: It is Beckett-like, isn’t it? I’ve been reading a bit of Beckett lately and you’re right: There is that desolation. But it is Polanski-esque, too. It’s Polanski with all guns blazing — the metaphor, the subterfuge, the malevolence, the claustrophobia, the orchestration of his own legend and history.
Q: In “Remember Me,” you play this very distant father of a troubled son. I know your own father took off when you were very young; your mother had to pretty much keep the family together. Growing up, do you think you took more of a lesson from your father on how not to behave? From your mother, on how you should?
A: Oh, God (long pause). I don’t know. I don’t know. Who knows what makes you what you are? Being Irish, being Catholic, that has something to do with who I am. A sense of aloneness as a young man, a fractured home life. Then the great clarity of a new beginning with my mother and my Scottish stepfather in London — but then, too, being an Irish lad in a big English metropolis, being an outsider, having to play the game to get along. All those things went to make me who I am. And then the gratitude — gratitude that I found a vocation in acting, that I was actually good at something when I was always being told I wasn’t good at anything.
Q: You’ve mentioned being impressed by how Rob Pattinson’s handling his fame. But you really had two waves of it, first with “Remington Steele” and then with the Bond films. Were the experiences very different, coming a decade or so apart?
A: “Remington,” that was just the golden opportunity to create a career and an American life. And it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t taken the leap and mortgaged my house for 2,000 pounds and caught a cheap flight out on Freddie Laker. That was the start. And Bond, Bond always came in and out of my life with drama.
Q: Since you left 007, though, you’ve been doing a wider range of parts than ever. In retrospect, was it good you got out of Bond? Was there a danger that his tuxedo was turning into a straitjacket?
A: Well, I was very aware of being within the confines of a very iconic character. I’d seen the men who’d gone before me, and I’d seen the careers that they had afterward and the lives that they had lived as actors. Now, Sean (Connery) was the man for me — he was the Bond of my generation and the only one that I wanted to try to emulate, but with the firm knowledge that I couldn’t do what he did, that I’d have to do what I do. But within my time of service to her majesty in that role, I always knew I wanted to have a career thereafter. And so, since then, that’s what I’ve been busy with. A working actor, just chipping away, chipping away.
Q: Role by role.
A: You know, it’s really as simple as that. Role by role. The scripts don’t come pouring in; I have to fight for every part. Sometimes, I wonder where my place in this town called Hollywood is — and that can give you a really dull headache. So you just get on with the job. You say to your agent, “I want to work. I need to work. I like to work. Find me good work.” And as you get older, you adjust accordingly, the confidence level increases — you know what has to be done, and if you’re not feeling the emotion at that exact moment on the set, well, you pretend. You just bloody act it. Because you’re a working actor, and hopefully at the end of the day, there’s a handful of films in a career that you can look at and say, that one, that was a great role. And it’s all mine
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Bond is back?
Pierce Brosnan will never be the same - the same debonair international spy known as James Bond he played so iconically in the '90s. But no matter. Today, Brosnan is a full-time film actor who is busier than ever, juggling four new movies, five children and newfound visibility. "People think if they don't see you as James Bond, that's it, you're retired," he says. "That I'm still at the table is great."
In addition to the recent Percy Jackson & The Olympians, he plays an ex-British prime minister in The Ghost Writer, opening nationally this weekend. Coincidentally, Brosnan, who lost his first wife to cancer in 1991 and almost lost his son Sean, now 26, in a car accident in 2000, plays a grieving father in two other films. In Remember Me (opening March 12), he plays dad to Twilight star Robert Pattinson, and in The Greatest (April 2 in New York and L.A.), he's husband to Susan Sarandon. Recently, we spoke with him:
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NEW YORK — A debonair Pierce Brosnan, Bond-like in black jacket and gleaming white shirt, strides into a Manhattan hotel room for an interview.
"I don't normally dress like this," he quickly notes.
Glamour has always come easily — almost too easily — for Brosnan, whom his fellow drama school students dubbed "Hollywood" long before the Irish actor became a star. But if Brosnan has occasionally leaned too much on his good looks, he's recently settled into more of a character actor's life.
Brosnan has four films out in the coming weeks, a diverse group of movies that speaks to his simple desire for work and his increasing comfort in challenging himself. A few years ago, he may have been in a "post-Bond" phase with such movies as the offbeat comedy "The Matador" and the Western "Seraphim Falls." But he's now post-post-Bond, less self-aware of his iconic stature and more a working, maturing actor.
"I have said to my agents, `I want to work,'" Brosnan says. "I want to play character roles. You can be a leading man for so long and it's wonderful, but there comes a time where you have to deal with life and move over on the stage."
The first of Brosnan's four upcoming films is "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," a mythical fantasy that adapts Rick Riordan's kids best seller. Sean Bell stars as a demigod, whose self-discovery is guided by Chiron (Brosnan), a centaur. (Yes, that's half-man, half-horse.)
In Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," Brosnan co-stars as a former British prime minister, a character clearly modeled after Tony Blair. In "The Greatest," a Sundance entry in 2009, he plays the father of a family (Susan Sarandon, Johnny Simmons) dealing with the grief of their teenage son's death. And in "Remember Me," Brosnan — with Brooklyn accent — plays the father of a rebellious New York teenager (Robert Pattinson).
"I've seen all the films and I was just talking last night with my wife and I said, `It seems to be working. There seems to be something there that makes sense,'" says Brosnan. (He's been married to Keely Shaye Smith since 2001 and has two sons with her. He also has three older children from his first wife, Cassandra Harris, who died of cancer in 1991.)
The role of James Bond was a long time coming for Brosnan, who began acting in London's West End. His breakthrough was the title role in the TV detective series "Remington Steele." When it was initially canceled in 1986, he was asked to take over 007, but NBC (more intent on retaining talent in those days) decided to resurrect the series, preventing him from taking up Bond.
But his chance would come again, beginning with 1995's "GoldenEye," and continuing with three more Bond flicks that together breathed life (and box-office success) into the old franchise. When Brosnan was dropped after 2002's "Die Another Day," he had proven himself in other films such as 2001's moody mystery, "The Tailor of Panama," and the 1999 hit remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair." (A sequel is in the works.)
Then he became a brooding assassin in 2005's "The Matador," a charming dark comedy. He calls the part "a great confidence booster."
"I really felt like I got a transformation there of some sort. I felt very shackled by the Bond and didn't want to rock the boat," says Brosnan. "It was good to actually act. You get tangled up in your own ego of image and how you're perceived. You can lose your way."
The performance, which cleverly inverted the sophisticated spy, earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He cheerfully announces that he and his "Matador" co-star, Greg Kinnear, are "going to go again." In April, they'll begin filming "Salvation Boulevard," in which Brosnan will play a mega-church preacher and Kinnear his disciple.
Chris Columbus, the director of "Percy Jackson," first directed Brosnan in 1993's "Mrs. Doubtfire," where he was impressed by Brosnan's lack of ego.
"He's got like a third career now," says Columbus. "Because he's still incredibly handsome and kept himself in shape, he can still play leading men. But I like the fact that he goes off and sometimes tries these quirky supporting roles."
Brosnan is especially excited about "The Ghost Writer" — which is timely not only because of Polanski's extradition to the U.S. to face sentencing in his 1977 case of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor — but also because the troubles of his character, Adam Lang, very much mirror the current British inquiry into Blair and the Iraq war.
Brosnan studied Blair, but never tried to mimic him, realizing he couldn't do what Michael Sheen has done in "The Queen" (2006) and "The Deal" (2003), both Peter Morgan-penned films in which Sheen memorably depicted Blair.
"I'm not doing an impersonation of Blair. But it's all about Blair," Brosnan says. "It's all about the politics of this fascinating historical time that has jolted us seismically awake."
As in "The Greatest" (which Brosnan produced with his partner Beau St. Clair), Brosnan plays a seemingly in-control man, whose facade is breaking. But he was hesitant to do the film, thinking it was too dark a place to go as a father. It was bound to dredge up a frightful memory when one of his sons was in a bad car accident in Malibu, Calif.
"The darkness and the abyss you come to," he says, shaking his head.
Brosnan stops himself from saying he never challenged himself enough, but he acknowledges his instinct is sometimes to "get away in a good-looking suit and some snappy patter."
But pushing yourself can be habit-forming.
"If not now, when?" he says. "If you fall down, so what? At least you did something."
Brosnan interview " The Greatest"
Pierce Brosnan may tell you that singing with Meryl Streep in Mama Mia was intimidating, but in his latest movie, The Greatest, that just premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, the Irish actor goes places, emotionally, he has never gone before, playing a grief-stricken father opposite Susan Sarandon.
In this exclusive interview, Brosnan talks about the challenges he had preparing for this role and the conscious decision he made not to have in family around during filming. He talked one-on-one to Paul Fischer in Park City.
Question: Did this film come to you as an actor first and then as a producer? Or were they both kind of – synchronized?
Brosnan: They came to Irish DreamTime as producing, acting. And Bo said, “Read this.” And I read it, and I thought it was wonderful, then I threw it under the bed, and I said, “I just – let it lie there.” Literally put it under the bed. I have a little house, out and away. I didn’t really want to go there, just because it was so well-founded by Shana, and the emotions of it. And then Bo kept on at me, saying, “Read it again. Read it again.” And I read it again. I said, “All right, let’s meet with Shana and Lynette, the producer.” And I said, “Okay. Let’s go ahead, let’s do it.”
Question: Was this, in some ways, the most intimidating character you’ve had to play for a while? I mean, I know that Mamma Mia had a different sense of intimidation about it, but in terms of getting into a character, the acting side of it. Where you had to go to places where you haven’t really been for a while.
Brosnan: Well, I haven’t played this emotional register since I was really a young actor. I mean, I’ve steered away from it, in some respects, and taken an easier road. And also, I haven’t been really offered them. So that’s the great thing about having your own company. You get offered these pieces like The Matador, or Evelyn. There was enough of my own life history in there as a father, to explore this character. I know a little bit about grief.
Question: I was going to ask you. I mean, you’ve had it rough.
Brosnan: We all have it rough one way or the other, at some point.
Question: Did you reflect on that time in your life, in order to play the grief?
Brosnan: You certainly use your life’s history of pain. There’s enough pain in there to draw upon. And it was also in the writing, too. When writing like this comes along, it taps in there pretty easily. And then your casting. You begin to cast, and you look – I call Susan up. And I say, “Look. I hear that you like this.” I left a message on her machine, and I said, “I love it. I’m gonna do it, come hell or high water. And I don’t know what you’re doing over the summer, but why not?” And she called me back the next day, and she said, “You got me with ‘why not?’” So once Susan was on board, she is such a – such a talent. And fearless. Then y begin to put the cast together. Carey Mulligan’s screen test was beautiful. So when you’re with great actors, then you get a lot. You get a lot back. Then you just have to prepare yourself emotionally. And it’s – ironically, the first scene we shot, the very first day of shooting, and my very first day, was my breakdown sequence at the bed. That was it. And there was no way around it. I said, “Hey, guys. Come on, give me a break here. You know, I haven’t swam in these waters in a long time.” So – there was no way around it. You know, when you’re on a small budget, and small time restraint. We had to shoot that day, there and then. It was the only day we could get the hospital.
Question: How do you leave something like this behind at the end of the work day? Do you just look forward to going back and spending time with your own family, and reminding yourself that –
Brosnan: Well, work like this is best done alone and I was away from the family. It’s sometimes better to be by yourself. It’s much more productive, when you’re doing something like this.
Question: Was that very reflective for you?
Brosnan: Yeah. You reflect. You become very solitary about it. And, you know, you have your journal, and you have your art, and paint, and you have your music, guitar, or whatever. And you have all those tools at hand, and your music, and your hotel room. And just – it was in New York City, I adore. So it gave me time to be by myself and walk in the park, and think about this bad [INAUD], and grace. And just – live the part.
Question: Do you see this film as being a film about healing, as well as about grief?
Brosnan: I think it’s a study on grief, but it’s definitely about rebirth, and definitely about healing. It’s about that. It’s unabashedly about grief. I mean, the sequence in the limo. The accident, and the scene in the limo, the hammer drops there for the audience. And you are with this family. You’re with this mother and father and son, and their grief.
Question: Now when the camera is close up on you, there is a distinct feeling that everything you’re saying, you’re saying in your face. How difficult is it for you to do silence, as an actor?
Brosnan: Hopefully you’ve got an inner life going. Hopefully, you have something there. You’re present, in the piece. And I don’t know how to talk about it, really.
Question: Is it a difficult process? Do you intellectualize it? Or is it very instinctive for you?
Brosnan: It’s really instinctive. I’m not very good at discussing it. And, you know, we had a week of rehearsals. And Susan is a very articulate lady, and she could talk on any subject. I’m much quieter. And Carey was very articulate. The director, Shana, is very bright and articulate. I find it very hard to express myself. I can do it, I hope. But I’ve never been good at talking about it, really. I can talk about it up to a point. But thenif it’s good, if it’s on the page, let me do it. Let me move it. Let me get up and act it.
Question: Does this encourage you to want to go now, for things that really get you to act in ways that you’ve never had a chance to do?
Brosnan: Yes. Yes. You know, I wish I’d done it sooner. But I hadn’t. I came to America, and I did Remington and I should have probably explored the avenues of drama. But I kind of coasted on a nice plateau.
Question: Well, Bond is something that obviously gave you opportunities that you would never have, perhaps, had.
Brosnan: Yeah. The Bond franchise was brilliant timing. And was – I’m forever grateful to play that role, and to be part of that coterie of men, that small club. And, you know, from that, it allowed me to create Irish DreamTime, and make my own movies, which wouldn’t necessarily come my way. Like The Matador, or like this film, The Greatest.
Question: What’s your next project? Do you know?
Brosnan: With Marleen Gorris, it’s called Heaven and Earth and I’m going off to South Africa, to do this film, set in 1826, about the first Governor of Capetown. It’s a true story about Lord Charles Somerset, who falls in love with his doctor. And then I’m going to work with Mr. Roman Polanski on The Ghost.
Question: And what’s happening with Topkapi?
Brosnan: We are full steam ahead. Full steam ahead. If we do not have it by this year, then we shall just say we gave a best effort. But Mary Parent is a magnificent supporter of the piece. Mr. Paul Verhoeven is still with us as a director and we have great executives over there at MGM now, who are passionate to make this film. So, we have a fabulous writer.
Question: Were you surprised that the biggest film you’ve starred in since James Bond was a musical?
Brosnan: Yes. Yes. I would never have guessed that, in a million years. But it was a great film to be a part of. but for me, I just love the world of independent filmmaking, going off and making these pictures. And if 12 people see it, then so be it. But just to make movies – it’s great if something like this comes along, and possibly can have a high profile.
Question: I know I’m not the only one who cried so much during The Greatest..
Brosnan: It’s good to cry. It’s good to cry. I mean, it’s great to laugh, but it is great to cry, because there’s so much pain in us all, that to connect to something like this, it’s good.
Question: Is this the best time for you in your life, personally and professionally? Are you having the best time in your life?
Brosnan: I’ve had a great time. I’ve had a great time all the way through this life of acting. I’ve loved every moment of it. Everything I’ve done, I’ve enjoyed. Whether they’ve hated it, criticized it, never saw it. I – just that I got to work and make a living, and create a life for my wife and children.
Question: How do you remain so nice?
Brosnan: I don’t know. I don’t know. I have no idea. I just like people, and I love what I do and, you know, you just keep showing up.
Question: Do you still live in Hawaii?
Brosnan: We’ve been living out there, yeah. We live in Kauai. We’re up there, but we’re back in Malibu now. We have to. The boys have got to go to school, and stuff like that. I’ve got to pay attention to some of these pictures going on I’m trying to do. And it’s very hard to do it from over there.
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