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'US Harry Potter' set to hit cinemas

11 February 2010 [12:33] - TODAY.AZ
A former James Bond has returned for a new mission, and this time he has a licence to wear tights.
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief is based on a series of children's books.

Pierce Brosnan appears in Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief, the film that Hollywod hopes will become the next Harry Potter.

But despite playing a Centaur - half man, half horse - it seems the special effects meant Pierce didn't look like a stud on set.

"I studied the horse a little bit," Pierce laughs, when Sky News sits down with him, "But then you come to play the bloody thing and you have to get into blue tights.

"I thought they just put nice hairy legs on me, but no it was blue tights with orange spots."

Percy Jackson is based on the series of hit kids books, which have been described as the US version of Potter.

It follows a teenager who finds out he is the son of Poseidon, who has returned to the current century along with a host of other Greek Gods.

Bizarrely the movie even stars Steve Coogan as Hades, Lord Of The Underworld.

"I'm sure it's going to appeal to parents because there's an elementary amount of education in the movie," says Coogan, who is only in the film for a matter of minutes.

"I'd forgotten most of it, but it just seems to me like a soap opera really, Greek Mythology. Though the special effects are obviously not as good as Eastenders."

Brosnanwill soon be seen playing a former Prime Minister in Roman Polanski's The Ghost.

The prospect of acting with four legs represented another trot away from his former job with Her Majesty's Secret Service.

"I'm doing my best to kind of move all over the stage and figure out what the meaning of it all is," he smiles.

"Hopefully there will be many more Percy Jacksons. There's five books, and my son bought the latest one, and I said 'Am I in it?' And I think I am.

"We'll see where the wind takes us with this."

/Sky News/

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