Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pierce Brosnan Says He Was Not Invited to Oscars James Bond Tribute (SHOWBIZ 411)

By Paula Schwartz

“No one invited me.” Pierce Brosnan is setting the record straight about this year’s Oscars the James Bond tribute. He told me this at the junket at the Waldorf Astoria Monday afternoon for his new movie “Love is All You Need.” (Later that evening he attended the Barbra Streisand tribute at Lincoln Center.)

“I was at the market, which I go to every Sunday and one of these chappies from TMZ said, ‘So Pierce, are you going to be there?’ I said, ‘Well I’m not going to be there. No one invited me.’ I didn’t even say no one invited me. I said, ‘I don’t think I’ll be there. It’s another man’s job.’ It got blown into something else.

Anyway it became I snubbed them. I didn’t. I didn’t’ get invited.”

Pierce Brosnan, who will turn 60 in May, is still as charming and handsome as he was when he played 007.

The women journalists – as well as a few of the men – were smitten by the Irishmen’s charm and warmth. He was passionate about talking about his new film, sang a little – off key – when told the movie is sort of “Mamma Mia” without the music, and at the end of the roundtable heartily embraced a woman who told him her husband had recently died of a heart attack.

Brosnan wore a white shirt, a few buttons undone, and a dark, tailored suit. His waist looks like it’s still 32 inches.

“Love is All You Need,” is a romance directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, whose last film in 2010, “In a Better World,” received an Academy Award for best foreign film. Brosnan plays a work obsessed Englishman and lacking father, a widower living in Denmark, who falls for Ida (Trine Dyrholm), a Danish hairdresser, who is battling breast cancer and who has just been dumped by her husband.

She and Brosnan’s character meet at the airport-parking garage where she accidentally rams into his car; coincidentally they are both off to the Amalfi Coast to attend the wedding of his son and her daughter.

Underneath her wig Ida is completely bald. It was originally called “The Baldheaded Dresser” Brosnan said, “and remained that in Denmark, which is so blunt, truthful, honest, up front, but I don’t think it would fly here.”

Another thing that would be lost in translation if made here is the story, which is very European in sensibility. Could this movie have been made here, Brosnan was asked? “The studio would have just hammered this to death. Executives would have gone in there with their little kind of moral values and cut the balls out if.” He added, “Their shortcomings are evident in the produce that they present to the great American public in the guise of romantic comedies, which are rather thin and they don’t have any real bite or humanity or substance.”


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