“When he says, ‘It’s just extraordinary,” Neeson is referring to the persistent depth of pain, the ruinous visitations of grief, even now, two years later. That stuff is all his very own.” –Esquire
Yes, I know we’re in April, but I never got around to talking about our March cover boy (do men’s magazines even call them “cover boys?”), Liam Neeson.
First off, if you haven’t read “The Hard Luck and Beautiful Life of Liam Neeson” by Tom Chairella, do it now. It’s his first in-depth interview since the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, and it is exceptional. I usually get annoyed at those celebrity interviews where the magazine editor takes said celebrity to a fancy restaurant and then the celeb spends the next 45 minutes picking at an organic salad and whispering about how “normal” they really are. Yeah, sure.
But in case you don’t read Esquire or just don’t have the time to read the interview, I’ll fill you in on the essentials of what you need to know.
6.) Liam Neeson is Irish. No, not Australian or British or Scottish. He is Irish and was born in Northern Ireland.
5.) He’s careful about talking politics. During the time of the interview, Neeson called Chairella from the Caribbean, where he was vacationing to change one word he had said about the politics in Ireland. He was adamant about fixing one word because “I can still make it hard for my family there by saying something stupid in the press…I have to make it my job to be careful with my family.”
4.) He likes the Knicks and is often spotted court side watching a game with his sons.
3.) Some men are golden retriever men, but Neeson is a poodle man. He takes care of Richardson’s poodle, who is a “damned good dog.”
2.) He was in a terrible motorcycle accident in 2000 and almost died. He hasn’t ridden once since.
1.) Neeson knows how to enjoy a nice glass of pinot noir.
Check out the trailer to Neeson’s latest film, Unknown, here.