Brosnan breaks from Bondage
Four Bond movies down the line, it is hard to imagine Pierce Brosnan
as anything but the globe's suavest superspy.
But Brosnan has decided to swap his vodka-martini for a pint of
Guinness and his trademark tuxedo for a battered brown suit in his
latest movie - Evelyn.
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.
So why, after years of playing Mr Smooth, take on such a vastly
What inspired us was the David and Goliath element of the story
"I really loved the character of Desmond Doyle and knew I wanted
to tackle the role," says 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.
"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."
Brosnan had the Evelyn script on his desk for six years before
using his production company - Irish DreamTime - to make the movie.
But it was a lot of audacity and a bit of luck that got it there
in the first place.
Screenwriter Paul Pender took on the story after striking up a
conversation with the real Evelyn - now grown and living in Scotland
- at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
According to Pender, he immediately thought of Pierce Brosnan as
perfect casting for Evelyn's father.
While working as an intern at Universal Pictures headquarters
in California, the writer sneaked behind the scenes to where, coincidentally,
the Irish DreamTime offices were based and handed the script to