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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 21, 2014

Iconic British Actors Pierce Brosnan & Emma Thompson Paired For The First Time In 'The Love Punch'

VOTED SEXIEST Man Alive by People Magazine in 2001 and knighted by the Queen as "an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" in 2003, Pierce Brosnan zoomed to fame on TV playing “Remington Steele” in 1982 and on the big screen, as James Bond starting with “Golden Eye” in 1995, followed by “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “The World is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day”.

Emma Thompson won the Oscar best actress award in 1992 for “Howards End”, but she’s not only a great actress but also a talented writer. She wrote the screenplay for the much acclaimed 1995 film version on Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” (for which she won the Oscar best adapted screenplay award) and the hit family movie “Nanny McPhee” where she also played the title role. Recently, she got more acclaim as the acerbic writer in the hit “Saving Mr. Banks”.

Both Pierce and Emma have been named as two of the best British film actors in a prestigious film survey, but it is only now that they’re given the chance to finally work together in “The Love Punch”, a laugh-out-loud comedy released locally by Quantum Films of Atty. Joji Alonso. They play a divorced couple whose two kids are now in college. They have no choice but to reunite when they find out their retirement pension funds after they were cheated by an unscrupulous French financial shark.

“I like the film as it’s about ordinary people who take revenge on big business,” says Pierce. “I had fun working with Emma and our director, Joel Hopkins, who knows how to mix all the right ingredients to come up with a very entertaining movie.”

“Kate is an ordinary woman who has a Ph D, but she’s not paid very much and she has students who are not that motivated but she’s survived her divorce, she has great relationships with her kids and a not too bad relationship with her ex-husband,” says Emma. “Then this adventure with her ex-husband comes along and it becomes a very enjoyable ride.”

Pierce and Emma then undertake a high-stakes heist spanning scenic settings in London, Paris and the French Riviera along with acclaimed actors Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Marisa Berenson and Tuppence Middleton. The cat and mouse caper across Europe is full of mad chases and a multi-million dollar diamond jewelry theft that might restore not only their finances but also rekindle their romance. Both Pierce and Emma give very charming performances. “The Love Punch” is now showing in theatres nationwide and it is being released here ahead of the U.S.A. It has many funny scenes. And do watch out for that hilarious running gag involving Skype.