Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pierce Is Horsing around. Film of the Week: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pierce Is Horsing around. Film of the Week: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

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Byline: Susan Griffin

FOR Bond fans the world over, Pierce Brosnan was the archetypal British secret agent.

Smooth, sophisticated and seductive, he was the very essence of 007 ... so it's a surprise to hear him talk about the trials of becoming "a horse's ass" as the half-man, half-horse god Chiron the Centaur in family action-adventure PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF.

"I play a teacher, Professor Brunner, who's a paraplegic philosopher of the gods and then he goes into this 'other' world where he becomes this powerful horse's ass," says Pierce.

Based on Rick Riordan's New York Times best-seller Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief , and directed by Home Alone's Christopher Columbus, the movie introduces Greek mythology to a modern day setting.

At the centre of the story is the trouble-prone Percy Jackson, who's forced to embark on an adventure of epic proportions when he discovers his real father is Poseidon, god of the sea. A demigod (that's half-human, half-god), Percy is sent to Camp Half Blood, where he's trained by Chiron to harness his newly discovered powers in order to prevent a devastating war among the gods, secure the fate of the world and save the life of his mother, whom Percy must rescue from the depths of hell itself.

"I think it's great storytelling in the hands of a very fine storyteller, Chris Columbus," says Pierce.

"Christopher has done this for many years and his enthusiasm and passion and creativity I think is as potent now as it was back when he was working on Mrs Doubtfire," he adds, referring to the 1993 film in which Pierce starred alongside a cross-dressing Robin Williams.

"And I think Rick Riordan's done a magnificent job of blending the here and now with the world of Greek mythology. For a young audience, it lends itself to a wonderful exploration, to get them delving into and looking at the Iliad and Homer and see the genesis of storytelling in society."

Making fun of himself for his "long-winded answer", Pierce attributes what he hopes will be a successful franchise not only to "good film-making" but to a wonderful cast, led by 18-year-old Logan Lerman in the title role. …

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