Post by piercebrosnanhot on Dec 9, 2011 3:31:19 GMT -5
Pierce Brosnan's Ghostly Return to TV
Pierce Brosnan plays a writer grappling with grief in the Stephen King's Bag of Bones, airing Sunday and Monday on A&E, and the veteran star exclusively tells ET of the gripping ghost story, "This is a beast of a piece."
Marking the former Remington Steele star's long-awaited return to television, Pierce is also a producer on the four-hour miniseries and says with a grin, "You want the audience to just go, 'Wow, what's gonna happen next?'"
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Based on King's bestselling supernatural thriller, Pierce plays Michael Noonan, a bestselling novelist who is unable to stop grieving after the sudden death of his wife (played by Annabeth Gish). Suffering from writer's block, he takes refuge at their lakeside retreat in western Maine, only to be plagued by ever-escalating nightmares, ghostly visitations from a blues singer (Anika Noni Rose) and past secrets coming to light.
"My life is backed into this chaotic, apocalyptic turmoil of the heart and the psyche," explains the former 007 of his character's incredible loss. "In going back to this lake house he begins to unravel the mystery of his own life."
Melissa George, William Schallert, Jason and Caitlin Carmichael also star.
Post by piercebrosnanhot on Dec 9, 2011 8:02:03 GMT -5
Pierce Brosnan to star in Stephen King’s A&E ‘Bag of Bones’ - VIDEO Brosnan in new horror flick, even though they "scare the bejesus" out of him
Fans of Pierce Brosnan and horror novelist Stephen King can tune into the A&E network on Sunday, December 11 to watch the screen adaptation of King’s Bag of Bones.
It’s been quite some time since Brosnan has starred in a project specially made for television – his popular Remington Steele series is the last show we can think of. But he’s back to star in the four-hour TV version of King’s best-selling novel, playing the main character, writer and recent widower Mike Noonan. Something very strange is going on at Mike’s summer home in Maine, and his beloved wife is apparently haunting it.
The movie will air over two nights, Sunday and Monday, for four hours in total. Brosnan says he’s lucky he got through the shoot, considering that horror flicks “scare the bejesus” out of him.
“Part of me kept thinking the same thing -- just leave the f**king house!” he says of his character’s devotion to the spread in Maine he shared with his wife.
“However, the quest for my character was to find out what was going on. It was balls to the wall, for character and for actor.”
Brosnan recalls the classic seventies horror film, Carrie, and the effect it had on him.
“I remember going home to my little apartment in North London mildly freaked. Part of the issue was (the film’s star) Sissy Spacek. She was beautiful and I fell in love with her,” he said. Brosnan, a fine 58, says he’ll be fully buttoned up during Bag of Bones, disappointing his legions of female fans for sure.
“Within the context of this piece, I thought it was unnecessary to go around without my shirt,” he said.
“I thought, there’s Stephen King, and then there’s running around without my shirt. They are two separate worlds.”
Meanwhile, as production gears up on the next James Bond movie, Skyfall, with Daniel Craig as 007, a perch Bond occupied for four of the films, his former co-star Judi Dench gave him a nice shout-out.
"Daniel’s an incredible talent and I love working with him but I still miss Pierce," Dench recently said.
"He was a very warm man and always a lot of fun, always laughing and joking. Pierce was great to have around the set. We became close friends. I did four Bonds with him so I missed him after he finished with the role."
Here, watch the preview for Brosnan's upcoming 'Bag of Bones':
Pierce Brosnan returns to TV in 'Bag of Bones' By Mike Ayers, Special to CNN
(CNN) -- You most likely know Pierce Brosnan from his work as 007, but he's actually been quite busy since his Bond days.
Rom-com roles, quirky indie flicks here and there and spending time developing his own projects through his company Irish DreamTime gives you the sense that this is a guy who's dedicated to not only the craft of acting, but also to working instead of coasting on any prior associations. For his latest project, a TV mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's 1998 novel, "Bag of Bones," he portrays Mike Noonan, a writer who seems to be going slowly insane at a remote lake town after his wife's death. It's a typical King thriller, with a host of supernatural and psychological twists.
As "Remington Steel," Brosnan got his start on the small screen so there's no mystery as to whether he could pull it off -- but with the creativity found on television these days, the medium is ripe for a versatile workaholic like Brosnan.
The actor recently spoke with CNN about his return to TV, how he brought King's character to life and what he thinks of the Bond franchise now.
CNN: "Bag of Bones" is one of the first big returns for you to television since "Remington Steele."
Brosnan: I haven't done TV in a good number of years. But I've been saying to my agent, "Look, please do not rule out TV. I enjoy it, I started my career there, it's such fertile ground." So, I got "Bag of Bones." The timing was great, I love Stephen King ... I'd done one of his short stories a long time ago, called "The Lawnmower Man."
CNN: What's exciting about this medium to you these days?
Brosnan: It's a corporate world out there in the world of movie making. It's really hard to raise the finances, as a filmmaker myself. It's just really hard going.
I have two pieces with my own company, Irish DreamTime that are in development, that we just got the writers on and just got the heads-up from the studio. Two shows that I would be in from time to time. It's just interesting work out there. We've started writing the scripts ... I don't really want to talk about them right now, it's a little bit premature. The one that's going to be a half-hour show, it's very cool. Comes from the world of "Dexter," it has a sick attitude about it. TV is very exciting; it's get in, get out.
This particular piece, "Bag of Bones," happened so quickly. I had two weeks off before the last job I had, before moving into this. You can come away from a day's work absolutely exhausted, but exhilarated, because it's so fast.
CNN: What's critical to bringing a King story to screen? His world's are so rich as you're reading it, but for a visual medium, it's different.
Brosnan: (Director) Mick Garris is the one you have to tip your hat to. He's extremely prepared and passionate and knows the King world so well. King trusts Nick implicitly. Garris and I didn't talk too much about it. It was fairly self-evident what had to be done with the story. At first I thought it was overly written with stage directions and it kind of irked me where it was telling me how to act here. As the piece wore on, the weeks went by, I realized more and more of the stage direction.
CNN: There's not a lot of dialogue between you and other characters. It was more the inner-conflicts that we see play out. How does one approach a role like that?
Brosnan: The first three weeks it was just me in a house. It was like "Diary of a Madman." There was only one person on the call sheet and that was me. That was a unique way to work and I actually found it extremely pleasant; I didn't have to deal with any other actors (laughs). I could just have my own timing and my own emotional world, all to myself. That only goes so far. It's hard to articulate how I got there, but it's somewhat like "Diary of a Madman."
CNN: Portraying fear is a critical aspect of a King story. How difficult is that?
Brosnan: I didn't really have time to worry about that. How many ways can portray fear, things that go bump in the night, or how many expressions do you have up your sleeve? That's when you have to rely on the director, that he's going to be in the right place to get that look.
CNN: How did the book translate to screen?
Brosnan: It's pretty much there; I think it's better than the book. I found the book, at times, kind of slow and I thought the script had such a snap to it. You enjoy the sharp left turns that come at you.
CNN: Does Stephen King consult on something like this?
Brosnan: I think there was a great rapport between Garris and him. He didn't come down. I called him up before I went off to shoot it, just to say hello and get his blessing, so to speak. Stephen King is Stephen King. There's only one of him. He always has a point of view.
CNN: Have you been following the "Bond" franchise?
Brosnan: (Daniel Craig) is one great Bond. Certainly does a magnificent job.
CNN: He's a tough one. A tough dude.
Brosnan: He's a tough dude. They have to. Big competition with "Bourne Identity" and one thing or another. He'll be right as rain.
"Bag of Bones" is a two-part mini-series that airs Sunday December 11 and Monday December 12 on A&E.
Pierce Brosnan's 'Bag of Bones' Miniseries Boosts Ratings for A&E Syfy's Saturday original Christmas telepic "Snowmageddon" drew 2.2 million viewers. 2:20 PM PST 12/13/2011 by Philiana Ng
A&E's two-part Bag of Bones miniseries starring Pierce Brosnan scored for the cable network in the ratings.
For Part 1, A&E lured 3.4 million total viewers on Sunday evening, making it the top cable telecast for the night. And on the following evening, Bag of Bones retained a strong 88 percent of its premiere audience, delivering 3 million viewers.
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Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Bag of Bones ranked as the most-watched cable miniseries since the cabler's 2008 effort Andromeda Strain, which hovered around 5 million viewers.
Brosnan plays novelist Mike Noonan in Bag of Bones, a recent widower who holes himself up in Maine to unblock his writer's block. Unexplainable things begin to happen to him at the cabin and he's convinced that his dead wife is trying to communicate with him.