Brosnan: School taught me nothing
Published 11/02/2010 | 15:54
Pierce Brosnan has claimed his school days were a let down, and it was only when he discovered acting that he began to learn.
The 56-year-old father-of-five - who plays teacher and centaur in new movie Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief - was born in Ireland and tutored by the religious community The Christian Brothers.
Pierce said: "Yeah, they weren't the greatest educators for me - I learnt about nothing at school, I learnt how to fight."
He continued: "To know that you have an intellect and an intuition in life but not to be able to comprehend what someone's saying in the classroom is horrific.
"I could see my short-comings. I felt the sting and the stab of not knowing and saying the wrong thing. That traverses your life, so it's constant, constant work but when I found the life of an actor, I found the life of literature."
The former James Bond star is father 26-year-old actor son Sean by his late first wife, Cassandra Harris, and adoptive father to her children Charlotte, 37, and Christopher, 36.
He also has sons Dylan, 12, and Paris, 8, by current wife Keely Shaye Smith. He is happy for his younger sons to follow him into the arts as long as they work hard at school.
He said: "My 12-year-old's just done Oklahoma and plays guitar and my eight-year-old's a drummer and sings. They write poetry and write songs, so give me strength! If they want to act, then yeah [that's fine] but they've got to get the grades."
:: Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief is released in cinemas on February 12.