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Pierce Brosnan: 'Singing is not my forte!'

By Claire Gregory, entertainment reporter
It's 10 years since Mamma Mia! First arrived in cinemas, taking the critics by surprise by becoming a box office smash, breaking records and making millions.
Now it's back, with all of the original cast plus some new additions (including a scene-stealing performance from Cher), more of Abba's back catalogue, and the feel-good factor that made the first film such a success.
Pierce Brosnan: 'Singing is not my forte!'

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Brosnan belts out a tune with the rest of the cast
Pierce Brosnan's vocals in the first film attracted some criticism and he admitted at the time he had cringed when he heard himself singing - but was good humoured when Sky News spoke to him about it."I don't sing as much in this one, but there is certainly a sense of cringe-making when it comes to singing," Brosnan said."You're very vulnerable, one is very vulnerable."Singing is not necessarily my forte - I enjoy singing, I'm not quite sure other people enjoy my singing, but they have good entertainment value out of my singing."Co-star Christine Baranski, who plays Tanya, says she's a fan."It's a beautiful moment when he sings, it's a gorgeous moment," she said.
Pierce Brosnan: 'Singing is not my forte!'

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It's been 10 years, but Mamma Mia! is back for a second sing-song
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again explores what happened when the characters from the first film were younger; how Donna - the part shared by Meryl Streep and Lily James - ended up pregnant on a Greek island, unsure of who the father was.Baranski says she wasn't too worried about the details of the story when she first got the call about returning."My first question was: is everybody else going to be in it?"The minute I heard everybody else was on board, it had a kind-of ripple effect - as long as they're doing it, I'll do it, and oh my God here we go again, let's have as much fun."And then you read that marvellous, funny, touching script - it was like 'wow'."
Amanda Seyfried reprises her role as Sophie - who's following in her mother's footsteps by opening the hotel she dreamed of having on the Greek island, while expecting her own child - and admitted she was surprised when she was first approached about the follow-up.
Pierce Brosnan: 'Singing is not my forte!'

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Amanda Seyfried has become a mother since the first film
"I was very confused, I was in a daze really," Seyfried told Sky News."I think for 10 years, or nine years since it came out, I was just like, 'I can't imagine what they would do with this' and then some genius girl had this genius idea, Richard Curtis's daughter [Scarlett], and then they wrote this perfect script, better than I could have imagined.""After I read it, I was like 'this is real, the bona fide Mamma Mia sequel - this is it'."Seyfried herself has become a mother since she made the first film, and says it's changed how she feels about the role."It's changed my perspective on everything and coming in to this, playing Sophie as a mother-to-be and having a daughter now, everything weighs a little bit more, and I related to the character differently, so that was special."
Pierce Brosnan: 'Singing is not my forte!'

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Cher makes a dramatic entrance in the second Mamma Mia
Darkest Hour star Lily James told Sky News she is still getting her head around the fact that she shares a role with Meryl Streep."I still feel like that sentence isn't real entirely," James admitted. "One of the best things preparing was just deciding to just watch Meryl in all her films, especially over and over again in Mamma Mia! and just try and capture the essence of the character and also what she does an actress - which is impossible to capture because it's so unique and skilled and she's a master."Despite not getting to spend a lot of time with Streep, James says she valued the scenes they did film together."We didn't really cross paths that much because of the stories and stuff, but she's really cool and we got to dance together and she was really generous," James said.
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"I could tell she was like giving it over to me and letting me rock out around her - I was just trying not to fall over!"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is out in UK cinemas now.
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