Pierce Brosnan on Polanski drama
Pierce Brosnan has admitted that the controversy surrounding Roman Polanski has increased the interest in the pair's new film.
Polanski - who is confined to his Swiss chalet awaiting possible extradition to the US for a sex crime committed in the 1970s - directs Brosnan in The Ghost.
Brosnan said: "It's sad for all concerned, but it's also heightened the movie - the movie's in the can, he's in the can."
Polanski's arrest interrupted the director as he was finishing post-production on the movie. Though he had wrapped principal photography in February and completed a rough cut in August, he had to finish editing the film while in prison before being granted house arrest.
Relaying materials through his lawyers, Polanski edited some of the movie alongside fellow prisoners peeling onions.
Brosnan recognised that Polanski's fortune echoed the plot of the film. Based on the novel by Robert Harris, it stars Ewan McGregor as a ghost writer hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister very much like Tony Blair (Brosnan).
Like Polanski, Brosnan's character is in exile. Beset by a public outcry over his handling of the war on terror and fearful of legal action against him in England, he holes up on a Martha's Vineyard-like island.
Brosnan noted: "We all said it: 'We're playing within Roman's life here. We're playing in the shadow of what's happened to him as an exile, as a fugitive.
"Pretty powerful having worked with the man and gone through an exhilarating time with him to then be shocked awake one morning, hearing: 'They got him.'"