Brosnan's just looking for a good role

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Article Date: September 24, 2006 | Publication: The Vancouver Province (British Columbia) | Author: Glen Schaefer
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TORONTO -- Pierce Brosnan is lounging at a restaurant table at the Hotel Intercontinental, nursing a breakfast coffee. Just off a spring and summer spent mainly in Vancouver making two movies, and doing the festival rounds for yet another movie, he's laid back, stylish -- a relaxed-fit version of that character he played in those spy movies. He doesn't mind admitting that those movies gave him the clout to do whatever he wanted, but the routine got to him.

"In the early days of my career as Bond, I realized I could make films anywhere in the world," Brosnan says, in a meandering conversational mood after premiering his new western Seraphim Falls for a festival crowd the previous night. That movie opens in theatres later this year. "But I kind of painted myself into a corner there with suave and debonaire."

Point out the contrast between Seraphim Falls's shaggy civil-war veteran and the chatty 1940s bon vivant he just finished playing in the Vancouver-filmed thriller Marriage, and Brosnan leans back in his chair.

"So what does that say? It just means I'm an actor looking for a good role, looking for a good job, just like any actor is," he says. "You want to be, hopefully, an unexpected surprise. At this point, that would be a mantra to live by, having played somewhat the same . . ."

He trails off and ponders for a moment.

"One was educated and taught and led to believe that if you want to play a character you must transform the physical being, the physical speech. Then you find yourself coming to America and you kind of play the same. You get into a style -- not a rut, but you find a groove for yourself. You go off and do a big movie, they say 'do it again.' You do it again, but within that comes a certain ennui. You're not scared anymore, where you used to scare yourself."

All of which led Brosnan from 2002's Die Another Day on the career track that ultimately landed him in Vancouver last March as star and executive producer of Butterfly on a Wheel. Maria Bello and Gerard Butler are also featured in a close-quarters contemporary thriller.

"It's a toughie, really, thrillers are always tough to pull off," says Brosnan, who got to play scary for British director Mike Barker and Vancouver producer Bill Vince. "It's about this husband and wife who get waylaid by this crazy, horrid psychotic guy. I'm the psychotic guy. For one day I hold them ransom with their child -- it's not until the end that you find out why."

Almost as soon as that movie wrapped, Brosnan signed on to stay in Vancouver for the summer making Marriage, a quite different thriller set in a 1940s American small town. Both movies hit theatres in 2007. American director-writer Ira Sachs resumes filming Marriage next month with Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson, while Brosnan finished his role in August as the questionable confidant to Cooper's married man.

"I just loved the character, it was so well-written," says Brosnan. "It had such a lovely Hitchcockian tone to it -- film noir, thriller, romantic, whodunit. We talk a blue streak, we just talk and talk, lots of dialogue."

Cooper's character meets his friend for lunch and tells him that he must leave his wife (Clarkson) because he's met another woman (Rachel McAdams).

"I look over my shoulder, and here she comes," Brosnan says. "God she's beautiful. She sits down and thus starts the story. It's really quite delightful. I'm the narrator of the story."

Is he also the story's conscience?

"No, not really. The burden of conscience does not weigh heavily on my shoulders, because I'm a rogue. But a sincere rogue."

Sounds like a fun way to spend the summer.