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Film-By-Film: Pierce Brosnan In His Own Words
From Bond to banana-selling by Bron-Hom himself...

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Mars Attacks! (1996)

Mars Attacks!

Was it your idea in Mars Attacks! to act with a lit pipe in your mouth throughout?

Yes indeed. It’s something which comes out of repertory theatre: when in doubt, have a prop. It’s completely silly but that’s the world of Tim Burton for you. He’s a unique player on the stage... there’s no one like that man. It was a joy to do it. I remember the first day of filming so well, when we were in the White House, in the Oval Office. Mr. Jack Nicholson – the big man – was there and the first shot was on him. So he looks at us all. We’re all sitting there. There are eight actors, eight fairly well-established actors, sitting there, staring at him. Suddenly, Jack said, “God damn, it’s getting hot in here.” He was so open and honest. Everyone gets nerves. It’s the joy of it. You see somebody challenged. But he was so gracious and so cool and so… Jack.

I was speechless that morning, working with him. I was having a cup of coffee by the bagels, desperately trying to remember my damn lines. Suddenly I look up and it’s Jack. “Hey Pierce,” he says. I keep stirring my coffee. Jack Nicholson is talking to me and I’m dumbstruck. Inside my head, I’m yelling at myself: “Jesus, just shake the man’s hand.” I couldn’t move. I was immobilised by the Jack-ness of it all.
 

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Empire, please, a bit of attention goes a long way: the man is spelt Pierre Bronson, as this - clearly more carefully edited - website proves: http://www.hdfest.com/alan/goldeneye_alan.html mofs: Take a look at bond documentary, Everything Or Nothing, to see what Brosnan/Bronson makes of Die Another Day. That alone makes the DVD a worthwhile buy. More

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