As Pierce Brosnan took to the set of this latest film in London this week, sporting a long black coat, suit, a white beard and gray hair, you would be forgiven for mistaking him for another famous Irish figure.
Playing the role of Liam Hennessy, a former IRA man turned government official, the former James Bond actor struck a striking resemblance to Sinn Féin leader and County Louth TD Gerry Adams, also long accused of having been an IRA member.
Despite stating that he would never totally disassociate himself from from the republican organization, and at times failing to condemn violence committed by the IRA during the Troubles, Adams, 67, vehemently denies his own membership.
Although there seems to be a very obvious influence played by Adams on the film’s wardrobe choice for Brosnan, the Sinn Féin leader has taken it in good spirits, even attempting to confuse us further with a Pierce Brosnan/James Bond imitation in “An Phoblacht.”
I never knew Pierce Brosnan was so good looking.— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) January 14, 2016
The former 007, 62, plays Hennessy in a yet untitled Jackie Chan action thriller adapted by David Marconi and Peter Buchman from Stephen Leather’s book, “The Chinaman.” The film was originally to be titled “The Foreigner,” but this name has since been abandoned.
The film will reunite the Meath man with director Martin Campbell 20 years after he worked with him on “Golden Eye.” Brosnan played Bond for four films between 1994 and 2005.
Irish actress Charlie Murphy is also listed among the cast, best known for playing Siobhán in the hit Irish drama “Love/Hate.”
“The Chinaman,” published in 1992, tells a fictional tale of revenge akin to that of Liam Neeson in “Taken.” Nguyen is a member of the Viet Cong who witnessed the rape and murder of his two eldest daughters long before we meet him living his peaceful life as a takeaway business owner in South London.
When his wife and youngest daughter are killed in an IRA bombing at a department store, he promises that those responsible will be brought to justice.
Hounding Brosnan’s character Hennessy, a Sinn Féin advisor, and dubbed “The Chinaman” by a freelance journalist covering the bombings, Nguyen mounts his own campaign of terror against those responsible for his family’s death.
Brosnan will also return to our screens in 2016 when he joins the ranks of “The Expendables 4,” the Sylvester Stallone franchise also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Hulk Hogan and Dwayne Johnson.
Can you tell Brosnan and Adams apart? Is the similarity too glaringly obvious to be a coincidence?