Pierce Brosnan sets the record straight on 'Deadpool 2' casting rumours

By Sarah Walker

Back in January, Ryan Reynolds caused a frenzy online when he posted a picture of himself hanging out with Hugh Jackman and Pierce Brosnan on social media. The innocent snap had many speculating that the former James Bond star had signed on to star in the hotly anticipated Deadpool sequel.

Marvel fans take note - Pierce has not been cast in Deadpool 2. The Irish actor made the revelation during a sit-down with Maurie Sherman of the Roz & Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5 last week in Toronto. The actor was in Canada to promote his new AMC series The Son, which debuts on April 8 (AMC).

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“False, false,” said the actor when quizzed on the casting rumours. “No I just met Mr. Reynolds there in Switzerland weeks and weeks ago and hung out for a day. Hugh Jackman and myself we took a photo, put it on Instagram and I became Cable [a character in the comic]." Still, the 63-year-old isn't opposed to taking a turn as a superhero in the future. “They know where to find me if they want me, but I wish him well and I love what he does in that film.”


Pierce stars in the new Western series The Son (Apr. 8, AMC)

Talk soon turned to Pierce's new project and the new look it inspired. In The Son, Pierce plays the patriarch of a family who is trying to maintain their cattle empire in the throes of the wild, wild west. The series is based on Philipp Meyer's acclaimed novel of the same name. The role called for the usually clean-shaven actor to grow some facial hair.

When asked if he, a member of the Sexiest Man of the Year club, finds beards sexy, he replied with a laugh, “Do I find it sexy? I’m too sexy for my beard!” He went on to say that the reason he sported the scruff was solely for the role. “Well, the men of that period had facial hair, so I started growing the beard as soon as I said yes to the job.”

Pierce and his wife Keely Shaye Smith.

Pierce also spoke candidly about his wife’s short-lived predilection for facial hair. “My wife loved the beard, she grew very fond of it. But she was even more happy to have it off my face at the end of three months,” he noted, adding she didn’t complain about it being itchy or bothering her skin. “She kissed me and she liked my kisses with the beard!"

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