Pierce Brosnan on Starring in His First Western, The Son: 'I've Never Played Someone Filled with So Much Violence'

Pierce Brosnan has taken on a series of unique roles throughout his career, but his latest TV show has him tackling a whole different genre.

The former James Bond star, 65, is currently starring in AMC series The Son and is opening up to PEOPLE about what it’s been like to work on a western drama — and if he would want to continue doing so in the future.

“I would love to do this kind of work again, of course,” says Brosnan. “I love horses, I love being on horses, riding them, and the Western culture.”

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The Son, which begins its second and final season next week, is based on the 2013 novel by Philipp Meyer. Brosnan plays Eli McCullough, a Texas cattle baron interested in the oil industry.

“I hadn’t played a Texan before,” Brosnan says of his role. “I have never played a patriarchal character like this. I have never been in what is a western and I have never played someone who is kind of filled with so much violence.”

Originally an Irish immigrant, Brosnan also feels an appreciation for the show due to his own heritage, saying, “Little did I know I would be making a life in this great country. It has always held a romance for me, the western landscape and how the country was formed.”

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Looking ahead to the second season of the series, Brosnan says it will be much more “character-centric.”

“I think it is a wonderful season,” he says. “It is still the same trials and tribulations of the McCulloughs and the consequences of their actions and my character Eli.”

“I think the work is much more nuanced,” he continues. “Everyone became a company on the film, on 10 episodes. It became very much a family.”

The Son returns April 27 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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