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Stephen Merchant: 'I'd love to be more like James Bond Brosnan'

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Aug 07, 2013 | 2:31pm EDT

Gangly British funnyman Stephen Merchant came to the harsh realisation he'll never match up to movie stars like Pierce Brosnan when he was caught with his flies down at the Golden Globes. Ricky Gervais' longtime TV sidekick, who has found Hollywood success in films like I Give It a Year, Movie 43, Gnomeo & Juliet and Tooth Fairy, had a Tinseltown moment a few years ago when it became clear he will never be a true leading man. He tells WENN, "I would like to present myself as a sort of sophisticated James Bond figure, but that's never going to happen. I remember years ago, we came to the Golden Globes and I remember wearing a tuxedo, being very excited. I saw Pierce Brosnan walk by, and I thought, 'Wow. He looks good'. Then I thought, 'I am looking pretty good,' and I look down and my fly had burst open, and the buttons had broke for some reason at some point during the journey there. "There was some underwear just being exposed to Pierce and the other Hollywood stars! I borrowed a safety pin from Ricky's girlfriend and I thought, 'Pierce Brosnan is not in the toilet using a safety pin to fasten his pants!' "I think there's the key distinction between the person I would like to be and the person I am."

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