'James Bond' Star Makes Switch to
December 15, 2005
"James Bond" fans should expect a much different
Pierce Brosnan in the actor's new movie, "The Matador."
"Extra" sat down with the star at his ranch
in New Mexico, just after he received a Golden Globe
nomination for his role in the new movie.
"The Matador" marks a huge role reversal for
Mr. 007, who plays a hit man who loses his nerve, mind
and even his pants in the film. "It was the right
time," Brosnan said. "I was ready to just
kind of say, 'That part of life is over.' Then Greg
Kinnear came along and you know Greg, he just makes
you funny anyway."
In "The Matador," Kinnear plays a traveling
salesman, who has to deal with the lonely hit man. "This
takes all of the James Bond imagery of Pierce and mixes
it up in the churner, and spits it out in a way that
you've never seen him before," Kinnear promised.
So it seems the calculated risk paid off, adding up
to Brosnan's second Golden Globe nomination. "Suddenly
the phone rang and it was the nomination," Pierce
told us. "I don't know, you high five and then
you go to work."
The sudden role change played well with the critics,
but how did Brosnan's wife, Keely Shaye Smith, like
it? "She liked it in the end," the actor told
us. "I think she might have thought I was barking
mad at the beginning, but you know, you've just got
to jump off the cliff sometimes."