Pierce Brosnan famously played one of the most iconic characters in pop culture history by starring in four James Bond films from 1995 to 2002 — but it’s possible that he could have played two. As he’s previously discussed, he was considered for the role of Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 film, but didn’t take the prospect seriously — something he discussed in a new interview with Details on his upcoming film “No Escape.”
“It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman?” Brosnan told the magazine. “Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously.’ So, yeah.”
In the same interview, Brosnan answers “Sure. Why not?” when asked about the idea of a gay James Bond — though admits he’s not sure if it’s a realistic prospect at this point.
“Actually, I don’t know how it would work,” he said. “I don’t think Barbara [Broccoli, the James Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”
And, like so many have before him, Brosnan advocates for Idris Elba as a possibility for Bond after Daniel Craig’s time in the role is done. “Let’s start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence.”
“No Escape,” also starring Owen Wilson and Lake Bell, is scheduled for release on Aug. 26.
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