1. Brosnan Begins 'Laws of Attraction' Promotion

    By Athena Stamos on 2004-04-15

    Pierce Brosnan, the latest James Bond, has returned to star in a Romantic Comedy from New Line Cinema. “Laws of Attraction” (PG-13) is set to hit theaters in the United States nation wide on Friday, April 30, 2004.

    Pierce Brosnan stars as celebrated New York divorce attorney Daniel Rafferty, a media darling who finds time to practice law in between writing legal books and appearing on the talk show circuit. Brosnan describes his character as a man who had been in the game a long time but who has lost interest in what he does. Raffery only continues arguing cases because “he’s very good at it,” says Brosnan. “And then, out of the blue one day he goes into divorce count and meets this other great attorney, Audrey Woods [Julianne Moore].”

    “They come from different schools of thought,” explains co-writer/director Peter Howitt. “Audrey follows the rules and doesn’t lose a case because she’s so good. Daniel is this forgetful, slightly Columbo-like slacker. But with him, what you see is not what you get.” Instead Daniel’s laid-back presense hides a cunning and acute intelligence.

    “It’s a dance between the two of them,” says Pierce Brosnan. “And it started from the first glance. Daniel’s not going to let Audrey go until he wins her. These two people deal with miserable lives for a living, couples whose lives have fallen asunder, who have fallen out of love. And now they find themselves falling in love, knowing all the pitfalls of love and marriage. Yet, he’s willing to fight for her.”

    Love always has the last word.

    Members of the “Laws of Attraction’ cast and crew were interviewed by And from that interview, a bit from Pierce Brosnan about James Bond…

    Q: But you’ve got one more dance with Bond – is there anything left to do with the character?

    Pierce: Well, the dance…we seem to have taken a break at the moment. The producers have reached an impasse, as far as I can tell. They don’t know what to do. They don’t know how to move on. A sense of paralysis has set in. So, for me it’s business as usual. I shall just carry on with creating work for myself. I certainly would love to do a fifth Bond and then bow out, but if this last one is to be the last one, then so be it.

    Q: We’ve discussed before Michael Wilson’s timidity to make a Bond movie in the vein of From Russia With Love and I think that’s a real problem…

    Pierce: It’s frustrating, really, because they feel they have to top themselves in a genre which is just spectacle and huge bang for your buck. For me, I think you can have your cake and eat it. You can have real character work and real storylines and a thriller aspect and all the kind of quips and asides and explosions and the women. I love From Russia With Love. It’s one of the finest pieces.

    Q: So with the next one, would you want to cut back to a more For Your Eyes Only-type model? More simple, less effects-driven?

    Pierce: More of a character-driven piece, yes. Certainly more of a character-driven piece and what is going to happen next in the story because now we’re just saturated – it’s wonderful the spectacle they create. It’s fantastic. But I love the last one and where it was going – until we got to Hong Kong and I was into the suit and into the old straitjacket of playing him.

    Q: The stuff in the prison at the beginning was great.

    Pierce: Yeah, that was like, ‘Huh? This is a Bond movie??’ But they broke out of it too soon into the formulaic, safe side. They’re too scared.

    Q: If they changed it, you’d do more than one more?

    Pierce: Oh, my contract is up. They can do it or not.

    Q: You say there’s a paralysis – are they talking to someone else?

    Pierce: They say they’re not talking to someone else…

    Q: But they might not tell you?

    Pierce: (smiles a knowing smile) What a game! ‘I thought you were my friend! I thought we were friends…’ (mimes taking a knife out of his back) This belongs to you, I think!

    Q: So, if they changed it to more like From Russia With Love, would you be more inclined to carry on?

    Pierce: I’d be inclined to carry on if it were From Russia With Love or anything. Just, the fifth was there. We started talking about the fifth and so this paralysis that set in is rather surprising.

    Q: But they finally got back the rights of Casino Royale, but [Wilson] said he wouldn’t dare film any of the story, so he just wants to scrap the novel and use the title.

    Pierce: Well, that’s ludicrous. It’s absolutely sheer lunacy because Casino Royale is somewhat the blueprint for the Bond character anyway. If you go to that book, you find out more about James Bond than in any of the other books. But hey, they’re a wonderful family that’s done it their own way for many years and they’re at a point now where they’ve suffered a great loss in the passing of their mother. They’re an Italian family, an American family and they’re in the unique position that no one else in this community called Hollywood stands it – they have full control of this franchise. So, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I have no idea.

    Laws of Attraction teaser & trailer

    In preperation for the April 30th releace Pierce Brosnan will be appearing on a number of tv spots to promote his news film and to generate buzz. (thanks to Pierce Brosnan’s official web-site for the following list)

    April 16, Friday (11 p.m. EST/PST)
    On the Record with Bob Costas on HBO

    April 22, Thursday (7-9 a.m. – Exact time not determined)
    Today Show on NBC

    Thursday April 22, Thursday (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    Laws of Attraction Special on TLC

    April 24-25, Saturday & Sunday (TBD – 48 hours interspersed)
    Laws of Attraction Weekend on Lifetime Movie Network

    April 26, Monday (8 p.m. EST/PST)
    A&E Biography on A&E

    April 29, Thursday (TBA)
    The Early Show on CBS

    April 29, Thursday (11:30 p.m.)
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC

    April 30, Friday (10 a.m.)
    The View on ABC

    April 30, Friday (11-11:30 p.m.)
    Tavis Smiley on KCET/PBS