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.