THE SON RISES
ACTOR PIERCE BROSNAN STARS AS THE TEXAS PATRIARCH IN AMC’S NEW SERIES SHOT IN AUSTIN AND BASED ON THE MASTERFUL NOVEL.
Actor Pierce Brosnan stars as the Texas patriarch in AMC’s new series shot in Austin and based on the masterful novel.
The epic novel The Son by Austin’s Philipp Meyer became an instant
Texas classic when it was published in 2013. The saga of six generations of the McCullough clan was adapted by Meyer and showrunner Kevin Murphy into a 10-episode season for AMC that debuted in early April. Shot in the Austin area using a lot of local talent, The Son stars Irish actor Pierce Brosnan as patriarch Eli McCullough in a role meaty enough to persuade the former James Bond to return to TV for the first time since the 1980s’ Remington Steele. “Eli and I met at a very good time in life,” says Brosnan, who returned to Austin for the series debut at South by Southwest, when he talked to Austin Way over coffee at the Four Seasons.
INSTANT ATTRACTION: “When The Son came out... I bought it and loved the book. So when the offer came out of left field last summer, I was very intrigued. I was heartened by the adaptation and that Philipp was going to be at the helm.” CONNECTION TO ELI: “I love riding horses, and I know something about weaponry, about being a father and having sons, and the loss of life. I also know something about being an immigrant.” TEXAS TWANG: “I read the book aloud for the accent, and I listened to various accents of politicians, musicians, and country folk.” BOARD MEETING: “I love Lady Bird Lake, and I have my own paddleboard down at the Austin Rowing Club.” For the full interview, along with insight from Meyer and Murphy, go to austinway.com