Pierce Brosnan has returned as the face of Hackett for spring/summer 2014. He shares his travel, shopping and career highlights here.
How often do you visit London and what's your favourite shopping area?
I visit London several times a year. It is my home away from home. I have lived all over London but currently I have a great fondness for Chelsea. I love to attend theatre at the Royal Court, visit the Saatchi Gallery, there a number of stylish restaurants in the area, and some excellent shopping on King’s Road and Sloane Street. I even have a favourite church in the area, called The Holy Trinity Church.
What's your favourite holiday destination?
The north shore of Kauai.
How do you stay stylish in the heat?
You can’t beat linen or a white cotton shirt. A good panama hat is essential too. Or any old straw hat for that matter.
Do you have a favourite city and why?
I love New York City. The energy, the theatre, the art, the food, the people, the parks and streets. But I could say the same of London or Paris too.
What's your favourite hotel and why?
I love a particular balcony suite at Le Meurice Hotel overlooking the Tuileries in springtime. I also like The Ritz Hotel at Christmas time when the square is illuminated with festive holiday lights. My family and I have stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London for many years. My favourite balcony suite overlooks the park where my children can watch the guard’s parade.
Which season do you prefer dressing for, summer or winter?
I like dressing in all seasons. Every season has its own character and charm. I like wearing cashmere sweaters, beautiful over coats, sturdy boots and well-made shoes…and you can’t beat a good Irish tweed cap or soft velvet fedora in winter. I love the crisp whites of summer, throwing on a favourite pair of shorts and a straw hat with leather flip flops.
What was your favourite look from the SS14 Hackett shoot?
I love the shot of me in the white suit driving the Mercedes high above the azure coastline of Èze.
What have been some career highlights?
Meeting Tennessee Williams as a young man and working with him on Red Devil Battery Sign before he passed away ... Working with Franco Zefferelli on Filumena in the West End… going to America… playing Remington Steel… being cast as James Bond… creating my own production company Irish Dreamtime… producing Thomas Crown, The Matador, Evelyn, and November Man. And how could I forget singing with Meryl Streep and cast in Mama Mia. I have been fortunate to work with great directors including John Boorman, Roman Polanski, John McTiernan, and Roger Donaldson to name a few.
If you hadn't been an actor what do you think you would have been?
A social worker… or a painter.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
Early in my career, film stars like Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Steve Mc Queen, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant. I stole from all of them. Now it’s directors like Martin Scorsese, David O’Russell, Ang Lee, Wes Anderson, Doug Liman, and Paul Greengrass.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Which character have you identified with most?
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