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Fight scene with Brosnan 'daunting,' says 'The November Man' actor Luke Bracey

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TORONTO - Luke Bracey's acting career has transformed over the last five years — from a bad boy role on an Australian soap to starring opposite Pierce Brosnan in the spy thriller "The November Man."

"It was funny to get jolted straight to the level of James Bond standing opposite you," said the 25-year-old in a phone interview from Italy where he was filming. "It's taken everything inside me not to crumble and freak out."

The Sydney native has been seen alongside Selena Gomez in the 2011 film "Monte Carlo" and as Cobra Commander in 2013's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," but this is his biggest role yet.

"When I got offered it, I couldn't believe it until I started making it because it was such an exciting film," said Bracey.

The film is based on the novel "There Are No Spies," one of 13 books in Bill Granger's best-selling spy series that Brosnan's production company worked for five years to bring to the screen. Shot in Serbia, the movie also features Bill Smitrovich as CIA boss Hanley and Olga Kurylenko as Alice Fournier, who is known for her role as a Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig in "Quantum of Solace."

Bracey's character in the film, CIA agent David Mason, is pitted against his former mentor Peter Devereaux — now ex-CIA — in the search for a Chechen refugee who can bring down the next Russian president. Devereaux always seems to be a few steps ahead of Mason — until the cat-and-mouse game culminates in an intense fight scene. Bracey admitted to being nervous about getting physical with who he calls "the best spy in the world."

"I hadn't really done a fight scene and so it was a little daunting for me," said Bracey. "You have to put a lot of trust in the other person pretending to fight that they're not going to hit you, they're going to swing in the right place and they're going to dodge when you're punching them. Pierce was great. He's done it so many times before."

And Brosnan still has some moves.

"It was a pretty even fight," Bracey said of his 61-year-old opponent.

Bracey was particularly excited to work with the veteran actor to learn from him, and was struck by his love for acting.

"He's done a lot of movies and he still loves it as much as he ever did," said Bracey.

He was also impressed with Brosnan's professionalism, noting he was never late for work. It served as a good reminder for Bracey.

"You should never forget that it's a job at the end of the day," said Bracey.

But the veteran actor also knows how to enjoy himself on location, hosting "beautiful dinners," said Bracey. Balance can be tough to achieve for an actor spending long days shooting, then returning to a lonely hotel room in a foreign locale where you don't speak the language. That sense of isolation is what Bracey tapped into when getting into character as Mason.

"The isolation involved in Mason's life, it's like acting in a way," said Bracey. "Something Mason really struggles with is that he can't separate his job from his life because his life is his job. That's the way you get though acting sometimes — you have to put your life on hold for a bit and life happens when you're making movies."

Bracey has been busy making movies, including playing the younger version of James Marsden in an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks book "The Best of Me" and starring in the remake of the 1991 film "Point Break," slated for release in 2015.

As for "The November Man" himself, Brosnan revealed on his "Tonight Show" appearance on Tuesday that audiences can expect a sequel. He confirmed it the next day on a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread: "And there will be another 'November Man,' which we will start on sometime next year! We've already started talk about story outlines."

"The November Man" opens in theatres Wednesday.

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