Pierce Brosnan Jokes His Wife Is 'Very Fond' of the Beard He Grew for 'The Son'


It's been nearly 30 years since we saw Pierce Brosnan play the lead on a TV series, but he's back, and better than ever.

The 63-year-old actor recently sat down for an interview with Emmy, and ET has your exclusive first look at his feature from the magazine's March issue.

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In the piece, which hits newsstands March 21, Brosnan gets candid on returning to the small screen as Eli McCullough on AMC's new western drama series, The Son, a type of role he admired as a young boy growing up in Navan, County Meath, Ireland.

"Going to the pictures was a magical delight," he says of watching classic cowboy sagas at local theaters. "The whole mythology of the Western is very much part of my own psyche."


"It's a new age of TV," he adds. "Such rich characters, rich writing -- it's a very fertile time."

Brosnan also explains that at this point in his life, he doesn't "have any ego" about wanting more screen time, speeches or dialogue.

"I'm there to be part of an ensemble and to play the role to the best of my abilities," he dishes. "And whoever wins the day -- man, woman -- hats off to them."

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While prepping for the role, Brosnan, who performs all of his own stunts in the series, jokes the first thing he had to do was put down the razor.

"The beard progressively grows throughout the piece," he explains. "So by episode ten, it's a fairly big old piece of shrubbery around my face. I grew very fond of the beard, and so did my wife [Keely Shaye Smith]."


Brosnan also talks to Emmy about the heartbreaking moment back in 1987, when he had to give up his role as James Bond in The Living Daylights. Timothy Dalton had to replace him when he discovered his popular NBC series, Remington Steele, had been ordered for six more episodes and he was unable to get out of his contract.

"In the blink of an eye, with the speed of a flame, I was going to be Bond -- and then I wasn't Bond," Brosnan, who later got to play the super-agent in 1995's GoldenEye, remembers.

And while portraying the legendary Bond was arguably Brosnan's best role, he continues to challenge himself with the characters he plays onscreen.

"I'm at a point in my life where I just love being an actor," he says. "I have a want and a desire to get better as an entertainer, as a performer. There's a wonderful grace and contentment with being who I am. Not satisfied by all of my work, but by always feeling challenged."

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