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Pierce Brosnan opens up about the blaze that ripped through his Malibu mansion

An Aston Martin blew up inside his garage!

Pierce was grateful no one was harmed in the blaze
Pierce was grateful no one was harmed in the blaze

A fire that ripped through Pierce Brosnan’s luxurious Malibu mansion caused $1million in damage.

The former James Bond star and his family were relaxing in the $18.5 million home when the blaze erupted in the property’s garage. As a result, thankfully only the garage and a nearby guest bedroom sustained any damage.

The star has revealed that before he had learned of the fire he had just completed a long stint of meditation classes and was in a complete state of ‘zen’. Although he thinks of the fire that destroyed his home as “the sh*t hitting the proverbial fan!

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Lucky: The actor and his family walked away unharmed.

Feeling blessed, he recalled the destruction that ensued: “There were paintings, first-edition books – James Joyce’s Ulysses – the Aston Martin. I looked into the garage, and the car cover was engulfed in flames. In that nanosecond, you think, ‘Do I try to save it?’ But it’s a car. You take the blow and move on, give thanks you’re alive,” Pierce mused to Details.

Huge relief for Pierce and wife Keely Shaye Smith
Huge relief for Pierce and wife Keely Shaye Smith

The big clean up began soon after the blaze engulfed his mansion and it was back to work for the Hollywood star. He has four projects currently in production, as well as his latest flick No Escape, which hits cinemas from today.

Over his 35 years on the big screen, the 62-year-old has had the privilege of working alongside huge stars, from Robert Pattinson to Meryl Streep. He is best known for playing 007 James Bond, but it was another movie hero that could have launched his Hollywood career.

The actor is well known for is role as James Bond
The actor is well known for is role as James Bond

The silver fox has revealed he was in the running to play Batman in the star-studded superhero movie, but he couldn’t take the costume seriously – and that irked filmmaker Burton.

Brosnan tells Entertainment Weekly: “It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, ‘Batman?’ Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood.

“But I said something flippant to Tim Burton, like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously’. So yeah…”

The role eventually went to Michael Keaton, who also returned for a sequel.

 

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