Even now, after months of collaboration with Pierce Brosnan on location in and around Austin, Texas, Philipp Meyer — author of The Son and executive producer/co-creator of the new AMC series — sounds very much like a man who cannot believe his good fortune.
James bond. Remington steele. Thomas Crown. Pierce Brosnan has made a career of playing suave leading men. This month, he trades British wit for Texas grit in the Old West family saga The Son (April 8). The series, based on the Philipp Meyer novel, centers on the rise of Brosnan’s Eli McCullough from young pioneer to ruthless oil tycoon. Here, the 63-year-old actor discusses busting genres and beating the Texas heat.
If J.R. Ewing had been born in the mid-19th century and abducted by the Comanche, the irascible Dallas patriarch could have been Eli McCullough, the hard-bitten Texan at the center of The Son, AMC’s new multigenerational Western saga.