Pierce Brosnan says fame is likely to “bite you in the a*s”.
The Hollywood star will always be remembered for playing the role of James Bond in the spy franchise between 1995 and 2005.
He continues to make movies, which include his latest A Long Way Down, a tale of four strangers who meet while they are all on the brink of committing suicide.
Pierce plays talk show host Martin Sharp, and while he doesn’t see many similarities between himself and the character, he does share some of his views on fame.
“No – I’m not as narcissistic or idiotic, thank God. I do understand where he’s coming from: fame is a very seductive thing, and it can turn around and bite you on the a*s as quickly as walk in the door,” he admitted to British newspaper The Guardian.
“Martin is a kind of lost soul. I don’t think he was a very good actor or talkshow host; he just wanted the glory of it all. He was not a very sound fellow. He learns a little bit of grace and humility as the story goes on.”
Pierce, 60, has been nominated for two Golden Globes throughout his career and continues to captivate a large fan base.
Despite his success, the star doesn’t always feel content with himself.
“Oh, humiliation is poisonous. It’s one of the deepest pains of being human,” he explained.
“When you lose yourself. And then, being an artist, you’re constantly dealing with the self – as an artist, actor, painter, writer. You’re always constructing and destroying something within you. So when you do show it all and it doesn’t fly … [Laughs] It can come with a burning sting of being not worthy. It’s a potent brew and you have to learn how to deal with it. So I could identify with that.”
Daniel Craig may have taken over as 007 now, but for many Pierce will remain the face of the franchise.
Despite his fame, the actor still manages to keep a low profile when he needs to.
“People forget. I mean, I have a recognizable mug and I’m quite tall but I stride out into life, I don’t let it hang me up; wherever I am I walk about. I could walk to the Tuileries [Garden, Paris] now and put a cap on and have a beer and watch the world go by. I get around. It’s essential to being in the world,” he shrugged.
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