In advance of the premiere of his new AMC series “The Son”, Pierce Brosnan sat down with Esquire for a wide-ranging interview, opening about losing his first wife to ovarian cancer, and then losing his daughter to the same disease 22 years later.
Discussing the death of wife Cassandra in 1991, and the subsequent death of their daughter Charlotte in 2013, Brosnan tells Esquire that it’s not always easy to stay positive after suffering personal tragedy.
“I don’t look at the cup as half full, believe me,” says the 63-year-old actor. “The dark, melancholy Irish black dog sits beside me from time to time.”
In “The Son”, Brosnan plays the cutthroat patriarch of a wealthy Texas family, and reveals that he himself grew up without his father, who left the family shortly after Brosnan’s birth.
“I know what it’s like to bring up sons,” says Brosnan, who is the father of four sons. “It can be a very arduous road… My fatherly instincts are purely my own. They relate back to no one, because there was no one.”
According to Brosnan, he only met his father once, at age 31, when he returned to his native Ireland to film an episode of his TV detective series “Remington Steele”.
“I had a Sunday afternoon with him,” recalls the former James Bond. “[We shared] a story about this and that, had a few pints of Guinness, and we said goodbye. I would have loved to have known him. He was a good whistler and he had a good walk…. That’s as much as I know about him.”