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Originally posted 02/15/2011 06:30PM
At first, Liam Neeson didn't know how to cope with the grief that hit him after the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson.
"I think I survived by running away some. Running away to work," Neeson, 58, says in the March issue of Esquire, on newsstands Feb. 22.
But the distraction only helped for so long. "That's the weird thing about grief," he adds. "You can't prepare for it. You think you're gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work."
Originally posted 02/12/2011 10:00AM
At 58 years old, many people are already dreaming of retirement – but not Liam Neeson, who has lately become a bankable action star.
"I seem to have gotten a new lease on life since Taken was so successful," Neeson told reporters Saturday at a press junket for his upcoming action-thriller Unknown.
As a victim of amnesia and identity theft, Neeson's character finds himself in many precarious situations that include a lot of hand-to-hand combat.
Neeson – an amateur boxer in his teens – didn't even regard the fight scenes as stunts. He called the choreographed "scrappy" battles a "wonderful ballet."
Originally posted 02/04/2011 03:30AM
In his new movie Unknown, Liam Neeson plays a man who awakens from a coma, finds someone has stolen his identity and sets out to prove who he is.
In real life, he needs to do no such thing. You know the celebrated Irish-born actor from such wide-ranging films as Schindler's List, Star Wars and The A-Team.
Now Neeson, 58, is talking to PEOPLE – and we want to know what you want to know. His storied career, the joys (and challenges) of raising his teenage sons Daniel and Micheal, his decision to become a U.S. citizen in 2009, his plans for the future: No topic is off limits, so ask away!
Send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org – and be sure to include your name and hometown, too. You might see the answer featured in an upcoming issue of PEOPLE!
Originally posted 11/11/2010 09:45AM
It's not going to be the clash of the Hollywood titans some may have expected.
According to Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson doesn't harbor any hard feelings about being replaced by Neeson in a Hangover 2 cameo.
When he was offered a shot at the role, which was first reported to be that of a Bangkok tattoo artist, Neeson says he "didn't realize" it had originally gone to Gibson but eventually had a "very pleasant" conversation with his fellow actor about it.
"I spoke to Mel," he told Access Hollywood Tuesday at the premiere for his new film The Next Three Days. "Mel's cool about it. We're all cool."
Originally posted 10/26/2010 02:35PM
Mel Gibson's proposed cameo in The Hangover 2 wasn't meant to be, according to director Todd Phillips. But his abrupt departure from the project isn't any one person's fault, either.
"The Hangover 2 is a family ... and as much as I loved the idea, a lot of people didn't," Phillips told Entertainment Tonight of his cast and crew. "I didn't want anything to come in between that family."
Shortly after news of Gibson's cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist emerged, Phillips announced the appearance was canceled – and Liam Neeson quickly replaced Gibson in the role.
Originally posted 10/22/2010 02:45PM
How do you cure a hangover? Call in the A–Team.
Liam Neeson is now doing a cameo in The Hangover 2 after Mel Gibson's appearance got canceled due to complaints by cast and crew. Neeson was invited by his A-Team costar Bradley Cooper, who's also in the Hangover sequel.
"I just got a call to do a one-day shoot on Hangover 2 as a tattooist in Thailand, and that's all I know about it," Neeson tells Daily Variety. "I just laughed my leg off when I saw The Hangover, I was shooting in Berlin earlier this year and rented it on the hotel TV."
Originally posted 09/15/2010 03:20PM
A year and a half after the death of wife Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson is cautiously entering the dating pool.
Neeson, 56, is seeing Freya St. Johnston, a U.K.-based public relations executive who, like the actor, is the parent of two children. The pair was spotted holding hands in London on Sept. 3.
"She's a wonderful person and a fantastic mother," Johnston's ex, Matt Winton, a marketing exec for the U.K.-based street wear brand Boxfresh, tells PEOPLE. "She takes life seriously in a free-spirited kind of way."
Originally posted 03/17/2010 07:00AM
In Chloe, Julianne Moore's character hires a prostitute played by Amanda Seyfried to tempt her possibly cheating husband (Liam Neeson). What ensues is a much-buzzed-about sex scene between the two women. So how did the actors prepare to lose their inhibitions? Tequila shots? Group therapy? Turns out it was all pretty technical.
"Was it different because it was [with] a girl? No," Moore told reporters in New York Monday about her onscreen tryst with Seyfried. "Whenever you have an intimate scene with somebody, you're very prepared. Everyone knows exactly what's happening and it's usually very choreographed ... Amanda and I were comfortable with each other."
Moore, 49, went on to call her 24-year-old costar "lovely" and "quite impressive." But it wasn't such a clear-cut call for Seyfried, who admits to being so "intimidated" she tried to back out of the movie.
Originally posted 01/15/2010 08:00AM
To pound his body into shape for the big-budget version of The A-Team, Bradley Cooper speed-hiked up The Grind, a famous trail outside of Vancouver that shoots up 2,800 feet of mountainside, completing the grueling trek in just 37 minutes.
"The man," says director Joe Carnahan, "is a beast."
Based on the campy NBC series that made a household name out of Mr. T (his part of Bosco "B.A." Baracas in the remake is played by former UFC champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson), The A-Team film follows a renegade band of disgraced former Special Forces soldiers lead by John "Hannibal" Smith, a wisecracking, cigar-chomping master tactician played with relish by Liam Neeson.
Originally posted 08/26/2009 12:05PM
Liam Neeson and his two sons are "taking each day as it comes" since the sudden death of his wife Natasha Richardson.
Still, the actor and his two sons with the late actress, Michael, 14, and Daniel, 12, "are doing good," Neeson said Wednesday on Good Morning America.
"[We are] still getting extraordinary condolence letters from American people. That's deeply, deeply touching," Neeson, 57, told Diane Sawyer.
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