In John Lee’s FALSE POSITIVE, after months of trying and failing to get pregnant, Lucy (Ilana Glazer) and Adrian (Justin Theroux) finally find their dream fertility doctor in the illustrious Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan). But after becoming pregnant with a healthy baby girl, Lucy begins to notice something sinister through Hindle’s gleaming charm, and she sets out to uncover the unsettling truth about him, and her own “birth story.”
Recently, Nightmarish Conjurings had the immense honor of speaking to legendary actor and, personally, Shannon’s favorite James Bond, Pierce Brosnan. During our brief chat, we discussed everything from what attracted him to the role of Dr. Hindle as well as how he prepared for the role of a fertility doctor.
What was it about the character of Dr. Hendel that really attracted you to the role?
Pierce Brosnan: It’s nice to have an unexpected surprise as an actor. He’s so charming. He has that James Mason voice. He’s kind, and the bedside manner that butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth, so to speak. And then of course the twists and turns of his malignant narcissism – it was rather shocking and disturbing. You have a horror movie, which really is the truth, these stories are quite horrific, about these fertility doctors who abuse their power and create such calamity in women’s lives and the consequences of the gross actions of impregnating women and not just one but many. It’s fairly well documented. And [John and Ilana] created this movie, which I thought was creatively powerful, and a story that hopefully will shed light on it and make a change for the better. And to give women a chance to really question and investigate who they’re dealing with, especially since it’s such a spiritual and vulnerable place to be for a woman to try and have a child. To have your partner and to be in love and want to have a child and then putting your trust in some man and some doctor… it’s really very disturbing.
Since you play a fertility doctor, what type of research was done to better understand that scope of work?
Pierce Brosnan: I went to my wife’s gynecologist and I said, “This is the part I’m playing.” I know a little bit about the procedure that women have to go through but it was really more the technical aspect of dealing with the instruments and, of course, within the story, it’s rather disturbing [laughs]. Ilana is such a good sport and she was just great to work with. We trusted each other and she trusted me and it was actors getting on with the job and knowing what you were creating will hopefully have an impact on the audience.