Pierce Brosnan Not Blair In Ghost Writer07 April 2010
Pierce Brosnan has denied claims his character in 'The Ghost Writer' is based on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Pierce Brosnan Not Blair In Ghost Writer
Despite parallels between Blair and fictional Prime Minister Adam Lang - a Labour politician accused of war crimes and of being close to the US in the War on Terror - Brosnan insists the director Roman Polanski did not want him to be a caricature of Blair.
He said: "Well, I read it as Tony Blair. All the emblems were there, but when I met with Roman the first thing I asked him was, 'Do you want me to play Tony Blair?' And he said, 'No, it's not Tony Blair.' But everything points to Blair, and how could it not?"
Discussing his choice to work with troubled director Polanski, Pierce said he was motivated because of his talent as a filmmaker.
He told The Scotsman newspaper: "I worked with him because he's a great director, an absolutely magnificent filmmaker.
"I think we were all aware of what had gone on in his life, but the text and the characters were so inviting, I didn't give it a second thought to work with this man. He has lived a very family-oriented life."
'The Ghost Writer', which stars Ewan McGregor as a biographer working on the memoirs of Prime Minister Lang, is released in the UK on April 16.