Saturday, March 29, 2014

Liam Neeson for GQ Magazine April 2014

Photographed by Paola Kudacki

On the decision to do the movie 'Taken': “I wanted to do more physical stuff. I really thought it would be kind of a little side road from my so-called career. Really thought it would go straight to video. But it just got great word of mouth. I was stunned.”  

On being raised Catholic and being an altar boy: “There was the classic sort of sense of theater, the celebration of the Mass and the Benediction: lighting the candles, putting on the costume. One of my jobs was to light the charcoal in the thurible.”  

On the first movie he made, 'Pilgrim’s Progress', where he played Jesus: “I was in a theater in Belfast; this evangelical-outreach organization came. They were holding auditions for the local actors to make a film. They saw all the local actors, saw me, and I was the evangelist who’s the Christ figure. We shot it in Cavehill, which is just overlooking Belfast. I don’t know what I got paid. Peanuts, but it was a lot, it seemed.”  

On still having faith: “I think I do. I mean, I don’t practice. But it’s not far from me. And I have faith in the power of theater, which is quite similar—a body of people seeing something being enacted. It’s at least 4,000 years old; I see how that can move people and change attitudes, the power. I believe in that faith. Since my wife passed away, do I believe in an afterlife? I don’t know.”

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