Brosnan's show goes on
Brosnan did not disappoint the première crowds
Pierce Brosnan has attended his new movie première saying
it was nearly cancelled due to impending war with Iraq.
Brosnan delighted fans in London's Leicester Square by pressing
ahead with the event at the Odeon West End cinema.
"There was a point where we thought we could cancel but it's
very difficult to cancel an event like this," said Brosnan.
"And on St Patrick's Day we have to celebrate a movie that
will touch people's hearts."
Brosnan has both produced and taken on the lead role in the film,
which tells the tale of a father-of-three who takes on the church
and court system in 1950s Ireland - and wins.
"I really loved the character of Desmond Doyle and knew I wanted
to tackle the role," said Brosnan.
"There were so many emblems in it that had meaning in my life."
The true story behind Evelyn is based on a groundbreaking Irish
1953 court case in which Desmond Doyle took the Minister of Education
Doyle was challenging the contention that he was unfit to bring
up his children after being deserted by his wife.
The children - daughter Evelyn and her two younger brothers - were
taken into care where they remained until Doyle's fight brought
about a change in family law.
Brosnan says the movie struck a chord with him.
"As a man and father and someone who feels very passionately
about certain things, I identified with Doyle, and I know roles
like that don't come around often," says Brosnan.
"I was excited to jump into Desmond's shoes.
"This man had the courage to stand up and say that what was
being done to him was wrong.
"Every person should be able to fight for their family."
"I'm deeply proud of the picture," he added. "I'm
deeply proud we made it and every man and woman in it shone brightly."
The film had been on the cards for a number of years after Desmond's
daughter wrote a synopsis that was then turned into a script.
She heard many times over the years that it would eventually become
a movie but began to have doubts until she received a call at home
from Brosnan himself.
The script had been with Brosnan's production company - Irish DreamTime
- for six years.
"I thought someone was winding me up," said Evelyn, who
was at Monday's screening.
"He said he wanted to play my father. I was so excited. It
was wonderful to have a man like Pierce Brosnan playing my dad."
Brosnan said he and business partner Beau St Clair accepted the
script because it excited them.
"We formed Irish DreamTime to make movies that interest us.
They don't necessarily have to be Irish, they just have to excite
"When Evelyn came along, it fitted the bill exactly.
"What inspired us was the David and Goliath element of the
"Doyle went up against what seemed like insurmountable odds
- and he won."
The film - which also stars former ER star Julianna Margulies and
Sir Alan Bates - opens in cinemas on Friday.