Pierce Brosnan talks about the making of Mamma MiaJuly 7th, 2008 - 7:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 7 (ANI): Irish/American actor Pierce Brosnan revealed that going back to Pinewood studio where he filmed the James Bond movies was a lot of fun, especially since the role he was playing at that time was the total opposite.
Brosnan had returned to the studio for the filming of the musical Mamma Mia, in which he had a singing part.
“It was great fun going back to the scene of the crime doing this movie, kicking over the ghosts left right and centre,” Daily Mirror quoted him as saying laughingly.
“Daniel Craig and the company weren”t there so we had it all to ourselves. But I did have this image of me strutting down the corridors in my spandex suit and high heels bumping into Dan looking all butch and Bond like.
That would have been interesting,” he said.
In the new movie Mamma Mia, Brosnan plays one of three men who may or may not be the father of Meryl Streep’’s teenage daughter.
According to the script, he travels to her Greek island home for her wedding where passions are rekindled with her mum.
The whole storyline is played out against a medley of catchy Abba hits belted out by Brosnan and co, who said he took the role without realising how much singing he”d have to do.
“I have sung before in a film of mine called Evelyn,” he said.
“I sang Irish pub songs and ballads but they are a lot simpler than the complexities of Abba.
“I have had a singing teacher in LA for many, many years just to work on my voice as an actor.
“This was the last thing I expected in this career of mine. But when the offer came in with a phone call from the States and they said Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!, Greece… I said ”Great, I”m in.”
“I didn”t even ask how much, I just said I would do it. The next night I went to see the stage show and I saw the set and then they started singing and I thought ”oh dear, oh dear”. But by the end of the evening I was enchanted by the whole thing,” he added.
Rehearsing in the studio and then spending weeks in the sun with Streep and co-stars Colin Firth and Julie Walters turned out to be more like fun than work.
“It was the best summer of my life,” he said.
“I had the greatest experience and most pleasurable time working with them all.
“Working with Julie and Meryl was immense. I am a huge fan of both ladies and we had the best of times together.
“We had five weeks of rehearsals at Pinewood Studios and I didn”t know why it was so long. But I became aware that we were becoming a theatrical company.
“We would go in and work on different songs and we would be sweating and tripping over each other and making fools of ourselves and making friendships and having the time of our lives,” he added. (ANI)
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