‘TOXIC’ America is a vastly different place to the one Pierce Brosnan moved to years ago — with the Irish A-lister adding it is “crushing” to see a reality TV star in office.
The ex James Bond star moved to the US in 1982 to pursue his acting career and now holds duel Irish and American citizenship.
But Brosnan said he feels sorry for those caught up in the immigration climate these days.
The Navan man said: “Well, I have a great, deep sorrow for the men and women who are the dreamers, who find themselves in this cataclysmic climate that we now live in.
“There seems to be very little forgiveness. There seems to be very little understanding of their lives.”
The Mamma Mia crooner said it was completely different when he first arrived: “As soon as I got off the plane, back there in 1982, summer of, I just felt lucky. I felt blessed to be here. I felt free. I could be anybody I wanted to be.
“I could be the Irish that I was, I could be the English that I had acquired. I could be this cross-pollinated immigrant with dreams and aspirations.
“So no, I’ve always felt welcomed. My first steps in America were down 7th Avenue. The day I got in, I went straight to the Statue of Liberty.
“It had a cinematic flair to it. There’s such a terrible toxicity in the climate now, and it seems to be very caustic and brutal. It’s going to be hard times, I think.”
Speaking to GQ, the Irish star said while the “true heartbeat and spirit of the country” was still in the States, there needs to be a resistance against Donald Trump as President.
“We just have to weather these days with the man that is in office now, and it’s very hard to understand how it came to pass. It came out of reality TV, and that’s just rather crushing.
“But I think it is such a young country still, and there’s such visionary young men and women out there who will see the writing on the wall and, across the tweets of it all, that there will be a resistance. There has to be a resistance. There has to be voices heard.
“And I have strong faith. I love this country. I am proud to be an American. I am proud to have come here as an Irishman, as an immigrant, as an actor looking for work, and to achieve what I have achieved.”
Pierce has been married to journalist Keely Shaye Smith since 2001 and they have two sons, Dylan and Paris, together.
They met after he lost his first wife, Cassandra, to ovarian cancer in 1991, who he had one son, Sean, with.
He also adopted her two children, Charlotte and Chris, after their dad’s death, but sadly lost Cassandra in 2013 to the same disease as her mother.
The 65-year-old said he hasn’t been hardened by his losses and has “found good faith.”
“You have to have good faith. You’re going to suffer one way or the other. You’re going to…
“It’s truly unavoidable, and so you just have to know that the days will get better, and you just have to endure whatever pain as been given to you. And then put it down and try and do good things.”
He said while you can’t prepare in these circumstances, you need to be greatful for what you do have.
“Work and love. That’s all it is, really. Be grateful that you have a partnership, or a friendship, or a few friends. And just get on with life. I don’t know any other way.”
While Hollywood seems to be awash with #MeToo stories, and actors are falling from the pedestals they were once on, Pierce remains ‘one of the good guys.’
He said he puts that down to growing up in Ireland: “I think one tries to be good. I think it’s good to be good. It’s easier to be good than bad!
“Growing up in Ireland and growing up in the Catholic church of it all might have had something to do with it. And also a childhood which was fairly solitary.”
While he has at least six projects this year, including the second Mamma Mia movie and the Texas TV series, The Son, he does think about slowing things down.
“I mentioned it to my wife, just that it’s going to be time to do less. We talk about going off and living in Paris. Keely will go to cooking school, and I’ll find some wonderful atelier and really learn how to paint.
“So yes, I think you have to think about those things, because you have to be good to yourself, and being good to yourself is not an easy task.
“Yeah, so you just acknowledge it all, and then if you’ve got any faith or any prayers in you, or whatever god you pray to.
“Just pat yourself on the back and say, “You’re doing all right. You’re a good man. You’re a good man, you’re doing the best you can. Keep it simple.”