Pierce Brosnan is desperate to lose his “Mamma Mia! middle”.

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Former James Bond star Pierce – who insists he looks fat in the new musical movie – is keen to get rid of his excess pounds before he starts filming The Thomas Crown Affair 2 with director Paul Verhoeven.

Pierce, 55, said: “Paul does sexy really well. I will have to go to the gym to lose my Mamma Mia! middle before we start the film!”

The actor is set to reprise his role as the thief in the sequel to hit 1999 movie The Thomas Crown Affair and Angelina Jolie – who recently gave birth to twins – is said to be in final negotiations to play the character’s young love interest.

Rene Russo was Pierce’s co-star in the first movie, but the actor insists he wants a new beauty to woo, adding: “This is a different affair.”

Pierce can currently be seen in Mamma Mia! alongside Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried.