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Brosnan Is the New Steve McQueen

August 1, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Is Pierce Brosnan the new Steve McQueen?

Brosnan reprises McQueen’s role in the remake of ``The Thomas Crown Affair,″ following in the footsteps of one of his favorite actors.

``For me, McQueen could do no wrong,″ Brosnan says in Sunday’s Daily News. ``He was and is a unique cinematic actor.″

Still, he thinks the role of Thomas Crown, a bored, wealthy man who gets his kicks from stealing, is a better fit for him, saying McQueen ``was not comfortable in such a role.″

``It was a stretch for him,″ Brosnan said. ``I, on the other hand, have been acting in suits, it seems, all my life.″

Brosnan, best known wearing a tuxedo to perfection in his James Bond movies, costars with Rene Russo in the remake directed by John McTiernan. He also has another Bond film in the can. ``The World is Not Enough″ opens in November.

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