pierce brosnan & trine dryholm

Pierce Brosnan and former cancer patient Trine Dyrholm in Love Is All You Need at their children’s engagement party

*Former “Bond” man Pierce Brosnan has run the gamut of characters during his long career. Best known for his James Bond 007 role, Brosnan has amassed a number of critically acclaimed films. The best one that comes to mind is “Evelyn.” There is also “The Nephew” where African American actor Hill Harper plays Brosnan’s nephew.

The leading man has romanced a bevy of beauties, including Halle Berry. He even says, “But my wife, Keely—nineteen years married—just had lunch together and we’re celebrating this movie. She allows me to go off and do what I do. She calls it legal cheating. That’s her quote. She said that at a dinner party one night and I was like—‘I’m guilty.’ I’m the actor I am and I do what I do and I’ve been quote, unquote ‘a ladies man’ playing romantic leads for a long time now.”

So The Film Strip asked Brosnan if it’s easier to do a drama as opposed to an action film?

“Oh absolutely,” he affirmed. “This is just delightful to do this kind of work.  Action films can be like watching paint dry. You can just die in the trailer waiting for them to set up the shot and then you go out for a few minutes or hour or a testing. However, however, I love making movies, action movies, dramas, and comedies. I’m an actor. Always has been, always will be. It’s what I do so the joy of watching action movies, I have the patience to do it and the want and desire to do it. In fact I’m about to go off to Serbia and do my own spy movie with my company Irish Dreamtime and do ‘November Man.’ Roger Donaldson is directing. So I shall jump back into that arena. But ‘Love Is All You Need’ has such warmth and heart. It’s like a warm embrace of a film.”

“Love Is All You Need” touches on a myriad of serious issues that is often juxtaposed with comedic situations. There is the subject of cancer and Jason Collins brings to mind a scene in the film and I can’t say more without giving away the plot.

Pierce, was difficult dealing with the subject matter?
I think my life is fairly well documented in the sense that I spoke about the loss of my wife Cassandra and the endurance of going through and the rigors of losing her to ovarian cancer. So I knew something about that loss and I knew something about being a father and a single parent. It goes back to the script finding me at a good time in my life so I could have enough distance and comfort of heart and courage. Being able to surrender to playing that kind of role. Being a father, being a man who loves a wife in the script to a tragic accident [Brosnan’s son was seriously injured in a car accident], being a single parent. Those were all the ingredients that made me turn the page.

The writing was so beautiful. Susanne Bier above all else had that intoxicating quality of a filmmaker and she is very seductive. I was in New York when the job offer came in and I read it. It was originally called ‘The Bald Headed Hairdresser’ and remained that in Denmark, which is just so blunt and truthful, honest, upfront. I don’t think it would fly here. Our audience is just conditioned on a different diet of humor. There you go. It was the writing. I love women. I love this kind of movie and it had heart.

You had said this film came at the right time in your life?
Being a middle-aged dude. Just being a man who’s been down the track a ways and all the ingredients that I’ve just spoken of just seemed to make sense to go and play in that arena of manhood, of vulnerability, of life. Certain projects find you at the right time.

What made you believe in love again?
My wife. That’s who made me believe in love again. Being a widower isn’t that groovy. When you lose someone that you really love and then you have to go out and date again and you bump into the furniture. As a guy, you go out and you feel fantastic or you’re like what was that about. Once you get past the great night of whatever, you are left alone.

Have you noticed there’s a lot more of adult relationships movies being made?
Sure, I notice that because I’m in the business of noticing it and it’s been written about in the trades and it’s evident in the movies that we see and thank heavens for it. I think we need to get a broader perspective on humanity and how to tell stories. The studios are lumbering, mega, giants of history in some respects and the young filmmakers are out there in abundance and they’re the ones who write, produce, act. They do it all because the nature of the gadgets that are before us, you can make these movies if you have the wherewithal to do it. The content has also more value in Google, Netflix or you name it. So there will always be an appetite for films and this kind of entertainment. It just ebbs and flows really.

Syndicated veteran reporter Marie Moore writes about film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at thefilmstrip@gmail.com