PIERCE BROS­NAN

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It’s 30 years since the for­mer James Bond starred on the TV series Rem­ing­ton Steele. Now Pierce Bros­nan, 63, has re­turned to the small screen in AMC’s West­ern drama The Son, which de­buted Satur­day night, April 8. He plays Eli McCul­lough, a rugged Texas cat­tle and oil baron at the dawn of the 20th cen­tury.

Eli is a man lit­er­ally forged in fire. I loved that he was a self-made man, a sur­vivor, the myth­i­cal Amer­i­can hero. I love the sheer en­durance of his soul.

He’s a man who’s lost three fam­i­lies by the time we meet him. He likes peo­ple, but he’s born of vi­o­lence and war and goes on to cre­ate an em­pire. Grow­ing up in Ire­land, did you watch Amer­i­can West­erns? The West­ern was very much a part of my life. I grew up in a small coun­try town, Na­van, on the banks of the River Boyne. The great events were serv­ing Mass [as an al­tar boy], go­ing to the movies and run­ning around be­ing a cow­boy or an In­dian. How did you feel when you were orig­i­nally asked to play James Bond and couldn’t be­cause of Rem­ing­ton Steele, then the 007 role came back to you with Gold­enEye? It takes time to un­der­stand that some­times the door closes in your face, and some­times you’re kicked to the curb. You just have to keep on hav­ing faith in your­self and find the bal­ance of your own heart and well-be­ing. How did you get in­volved with ac­tivism to save the world’s oceans? I live by the ocean. When I saw that the Santa Mon­ica Bay was be­ing pol­luted and there were days you couldn’t go in the wa­ter as a re­sult, it pained me to see such neg­li­gence.

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