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Sunday 24 September 2017

Losing Natasha made me a better actor, says Liam

Liam Neeson has revealed that the trauma of his wife's death dying has helped him be a better actor.

The 59-year-old, whose partner Natasha Richardson died in a skiing accident in 2009, said the tragedy had improved his performance in The Grey.

"When I read it I could sort of emotionally relate to it. There's been some tragedy in my life and it was easy for me to access that for the character," he said.

Liam, from Ballymena, is promoting his latest action film, which sees him play a sharp shooter hired to protect oil workers in Alaska.

However, the characters are forced to face their deepest fears after their plan crashes and they find themselves tackling a pack of wolves.



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The dad-of-two has featured as an action hero recently in the A-Team and Taken.

"I thought, if I get offered more of these action stories, I'll do them before my knees give out -- which will probably be in a year's time," he joked. "The nature of making them appeals to the little boy in me, going around beating the bad guys."

The A-lister has also told of the freezing conditions during filming The Grey in northern Canada.

"It was unbelievably cold. The first couple of days was -30C, it was intense.

"After the first day, I thought, 'we're never going to finish this film.' The camera equipment was seizing up, but the gods were with us and we got through it."

Liam is now dating PR guru Freya St Johnston (36).

labutler@herald.ie

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