Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan talked about how cancer changed his perspective. Pictured: Actor attends the premiere of the film “No Escape” in Los Angeles on Aug. 17, 2015. Reuters/Danny Moloshok

Pierce Brosnan has admitted that cancer changed his perspective in life. After losing two loved ones to cancer, the “James Bond” star has lost his optimism amd developed a more cynical view of life.

In a new interview, the 63-year-old actor talked about how some devastating events in his life changed him. “I don’t look at the cup as half full, believe me,” Brosnan told Esquire. “The dark, melancholy Irish black dog sits beside me from time to time.”

Brosnan married Cassandra Harris in 1980, and the couple had been together for over a decade until she died in 1991 due to ovarian cancer. The actor and his late wife had a son, actor Sean Brosnan, now 33. The “Golden Eye” star also adopted his late wife’s children, Charlotte and Christopher, who are now both 44. Unfortunately, in 2013, Charlotte also died of ovarian cancer.

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Brosnan remarried in 2001, tying the knot with Keely Shaye Smith. The “Die Another Day” actor and Smith have two sons: Dylan, 20, and Paris, 16.

Brosnan has learned to channel his grief into art and is currently enjoying a leisurely life. He spends most of his time painting and appreciates the downtime. “My days are full in a leisurely sort of way,” he said. “This morning I worked out, read The New York Times, enjoyed watching my wife in the editing room, then came to meet you.”

Brosnan had an unconventional upbringing. His Irish father left him and his mom shortly after he was born. His mother later left him as well because of work, so Brosnan grew up with relatives. In 1984, he met his father for the first time when he was filming “Remington Steele” in Ireland.

According to the actor, his fatherly instincts were purely his own because there was no one who taught him this growing up. Although his dad abandoned him, the actor still wanted to get to know his father.

Meanwhile, Brosnan will headline AMC’s upcoming series, “The Son,” which Deadline considers as a nice ride in the network’s western tradition. Aside from the TV series, Brosnan was rumored to be joining “Deadpool 2.” However, the actor cleared this up and denied that he was approached by producers to play Cable in the film. “Not true. Nothing has come my way yet,” Brosnan told Jimmy Kimmel. “It’s completely made up.”

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