It’s moments like these, however, that make a Texas gal like myself sit up and feel energized during what we TV writers call the biannual death march known as the Television Critics Association press tour. The January arm takes place in Pasadena, California — 14 consecutive 12-hour days of press conferences, screenings and one-on-one interviews about new shows and movies.
First up, Brosnan, who portrays patriarch Eli McCullough in “The Son,” AMC’s 10-episode adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s best seller. It will air on both AMC and SundanceTV beginning April 8. The sweeping saga spans 150 years and three generations of the McCulloughs, a Texas ranching family bent on making a new fortune from oil.
Asked what it was like shooting the series in Austin last summer, Brosnan declared, “It was hotter than sin.”
He went on to say how happy he was to get the plum role of Eli McCullough. “The story and the cast were just amazing,” he said.
However, he kept emphasizing the brutal Central Texas heat.
“It was darn hot. That’s for sure,” Brosnan said. “When you wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning and there’s a heat advisory saying do not go out and and you’re on a hot horse on a hot land at 9 o’clock, it can be a long day.”
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Away from TV screens for decades, Pierce Brosnan was tempted back by new Western series The Son. Empire recently got a chance to chat with him about it...
Described as a multi-generational epic tale of America's birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family, The Son (based on the novel by Philipp Meyer) sees Brosnan as McCullough family patriarch Eli. "I had a most wonderful time making it," says Brosnan. "The job came out of left field, I thought I was going to Russia to make a movie, but as happens with more frequency these days the movie fell apart, and this wonderful job landed in my lap. I had been aware of the book, bought the book when it first came out, so I knew the story and the mythology of it. What was really captivating and enticing was that Philipp Meyer, the author of the book, was also writing the episodes, so he was very hands on."
And given its wide time span and extended opportunity for storytelling, the series can cover a lot: "The themes are greed, family, and the struggle of the times of a man who’s an American hero. He was a cattle baron and now he wants to go into the oil business. So he’s someone who is forward thinking and has a ruthless ambition for getting what he wants. There’s a duality to the character in the sense that he was abducted by the Comanches and brought up by the Comanches, so he has the physical, psychic and emotional wherewithal to traverse the two worlds that he lives in."
According to Brosnan, viewers will also find some topical reflections in the series' story. "It’s very current, it’s very relevant, the borders that we still take issue over and a president who now is trying to pull asunder the good work that has been done by past presidents," he explains. "There’s an ego to the character of Eli McCullough which is quite overpowering and could be very dangerous within future stories that you will see in the show."
The Son will air on AMC in the US on 8 April and AMC UK starting 18 April.
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