Hello!: Pierce Brosnan, Man Of Steele Moves On
Interview by: Sue Russell
Photographs by: Nancy Ellison
July 23, 1988
"I just know that I've got a wonderful woman," Pierce says of his wife. "I was very lucky to encounter Cassie and have a life with her. For the things that I lack she makes up. She's a lot brighter than me, a lot smarter. I'm much more passionate and instinctive and will maybe make wrong decisions."
He can be cautious about making decisions whereas the energetic Cassie has real get-up-and-go. "If she listened to me, we'd still be probably in Wimbledon, and still pushing the car," he laughs.
''I'm blessed with having had Cassie. . . especially having had success as well. It's been a real thrill. Her career really has been on the back burner, and there's never been any animosity or bickering or jealousy. It's been nothing but an absolute giving on her part."
It's not easy being a star's wife, and when they met Cassie was a very successful actress. "She was the lady in the limelight, and I was the boyfriend," says Pierce, who is sympathetic to the pressures.
"Even if you have the dignity and beauty and humour and intelligence and humility that my wife does, it's hard at times. You really have to listen and try to understand the other person's feelings: I think we're quite a formidable team now."
The saving grace has been their ability to talk through any problems. Clearly, they are dedicated to their relationship, but Pierce is anxious to point out that it's not an effort, nor a duty.
"It just feels very organically right that I should be with this woman and share my life with her, and she with me."
The family unit is enormously important to Pierce. His father separated from his mother when he was two, then she left Ireland for London, leaving Pierce with a succession of relatives until she was able to send for him when he was 11.
"My childhood was unfortunate. It wasn't devastating or anything like that. It's one of these things that happens. But there was a lack of a sense of family, I suppose, in my life."
Pierce and Cassie
decided to send Charlotte and Christopher - who were born in England -
home to complete their education.
Pierce doesn't kid himself that by physically removing Charlotte and Christopher they will be exempt from the drug-ridden society that confronts them in Hollywood.
"Within any school anywhere in the world I think there's a certain amount of experimenting that goes on with children. If it's not that it's alcohol, going to the pub.
"They tell us exactly what's happening, and I believe them. And I've said to them that I've experimented. But I've also seen people getting badly screwed up by it. I think they accept that the both of us have discussed it with them, because otherwise you're a hypocrite to your children and you're lying to them."
Early on during his stay in Hollywood, Pierce was quite brutal in his derogatory remarks about the place. He admits he has a love/hate relationship with it; these days it's more love than hate. "I suppose at times I've bit the hand that's fed me. It does frustrate me and I do find myself constantly looking for a way to get out of it and set up a home somewhere else. But it's given me a great living, a great lifestyle."
The Brosnans have kept their home in the Hollywood Hills, but they spend most of their time in Malibu. It is a rich, rarified world, packed with fellow stars. There are trips back to London, but realistically, Pierce cannot imagine himself moving back to England. Not while the work flows and there's so much of America to explore.
'There's some way for me to go, too. I proved that I can do TV and I've been fairly successful. I want to see, can I have a movie career?"
Pierce admits to feeling frustration and impotence when his contractual obligations to Remington Steele cost him the chance to replace Roger Moore as James Bond. In retrospect, he sees it as a blessing.
"I think I'm much
more of a free agent, as it were," he reflects. "I've got so much baggage
with Remington, being seen as suave and sophisticated. Bond was a short
cut, I suppose, on an international scale. But even so, I think somebody
up there didn't want me to do it."