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.

Austin Way - - CONTENTS - BY KATHY BLACK­WELL

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

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