Pierce Brosnan beats Robert Pattinson in a battle of the heartthrobs
An RPatz-Irish 007 showdown
Yes, this is a subjective category, but there are hard facts to draw upon:
In 2001, Brosnan was chosen as People’s Sexiest Man Alive. In 2008, Pattinson was named “Entertainment Tonight’s” Top Hunk and Yahoo’s Top Movie Heartthrob. Now, as mentioned, he’s Vanity Fair’s Most Handsome Man.
People’s title is still a bit more prestigious than the ones earned by Pattinson.
RPatz was a one-time model, but the dapper Brosnan clearly showers more often than the messy “Twilight” star, and Pierce doesn’t look like an “old Irish alcoholic,” as Pattinson accurately describes his appearance.
Both actors have some smarts – they’ve made it in a tough biz, and have both proven to be articulate, competent individuals in interviews.
But Brosnan has two Honorary Doctorates to his name, from the Dublin Institute of Technology and the University College Cork.
When he was around Pattinson’s age, the Irish actor graduated from the prestigious MA program at the Drama Center in London, England.
Granted, Pattinson is young yet, but Brosnan takes the cake in this category.
Sense of humor
Pattinson has delivered up some gems, including the following:
“Up until I was 12 my sisters used to dress me up as a girl and introduce me as 'Claudia'! Twelve was a turning point as I moved to a mixed school and then I became cool and discovered hair gel.”
“‘Twilight’ is a metaphor for the virtues of chastity, but it's had the opposite effect. I get letters that say "I'm going to kill myself if you don't watch ‘High School Musical 2’ with me.”
“I'm just a big, hard tool.”
Most quotes from Brosnan, on the other hand, are rather sincere, ranging from comments on his acting like: “I think that all the films I've ever made are personal, even James Bond, because it's so much of myself, so much of who I am as a man and as an actor. You have to invest yourself in every character that you portray.”
To comments on his upbringing, such as: “I've always been a bit of a loner. I've always felt like an outsider, and because I didn't have a mother or father figure, I brought myself up. I made my own rules, and from the pain of not having a mother there came the great strength of being able to deal with things on a one-to-one basis throughout my life.”
Obviously Pierce wins in the maturity contest, but as far as sense of humor goes…
Brosnan is an advocate for same-sex marriage, gay adoption, gun control and protecting the environment. He’s an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland and has been active in Greenpeace.
When his wife passed away from cancer in 1991, Brosnan adopted her children: “Cassie has made me the man I am, the actor I am, the father I am. She's forever embedded in every fiber of my being.”
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