Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan says he is distressed by the deceptive use of his image in Indian pan masala brand's advertisement.
The actor said that he was deeply shocked and saddened to learn the pan masala product he was advertising may include ingredients that can cause cancer, reported People magazine.
Brosnan said he has the "greatest love and affection for India and its people."
"As a man who has spent decades championing women's healthcare and environmental protection, I was distressed to learn of Pan Bahar's unauthorised and deceptive use of my image to endorse their range of pan masala products."
"I would never have entered into an agreement to promote a product in India that is dangerous to one's health," Brosnan said in a statement.
The 63-year-old James Bond star said his contract stated that he was to advertise a "breath freshener/tooth whitener," which wouldn't include an ingredient that turns saliva red.
According to the actor he agreed to advertise a single product only, and that it was presented as "all-natural containing neither tobacco, supari, nor any other harmful ingredient."
"Having endured, in my own personal life, the loss of my first wife and daughter as well as numerous friends to cancer, I am fully committed to supporting women's healthcare and research programs that improve human health and alleviate suffering," the statement continued.
Brosnan has demanded the company to remove his image from all their products, and assured that he had no knowledge that he was endorsing items that would have a negative or painful reaction in India.
"I shall endeavor to rectify this matter. In the meantime, please accept my sincerest and heartfelt apologies to all whom I have offended," the statement concluded.
The actor received a lot of flak and was even trolled on Twitter for featuring in advertisement of the pan masala brand.
Meanwhile, Pierce Brosnan was trending on Twitter all of Friday morning. Here are some tweets:
Pierce Brosnan says that he didn't know before association that Pan Bahar kills people.
Modi will say the same about Amit Shah one day.
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) October 21, 2016
So Pierce Brosnan thought Pan Bahaar was a tooth whitener.
Even we thought Britishers were smart.
Now we are even.
— Cryptic Mind (@Vishj05) October 21, 2016
Pierce Brosnan says he didn't know what he was selling sounds more like a politician who's ignorant about his own propaganda!
— Amar Shah (@amarshah30) October 21, 2016
Pierce Brosnan says abt Pan Bahar that he didn't know what he was selling.
Also, Kejriwal before becoming CM didn't know CM has no power.
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) October 21, 2016
"Pierce Brosnan" got Pierced ...........................
— YO!Jos!!! (@joshi_j4) October 21, 2016
Pierce Brosnan didn't know that Pan Bahar has tobacco, just like Salman did't know it was his driver and the Deer commitee sucide.
— Gunjan (@iamGunjanGrunge) October 21, 2016
Pierce Brosnan is like an Engineering Student who study whole night for the next day examination, but had no idea what he is studying.😂
— Ashoke Dinda (@SirAshokeDinda) October 21, 2016
Published Date: Oct 21, 2016 10:20 am | Updated Date: Oct 21, 2016 10:20 am