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Sunday 19 November 2017

Liam to tell Graham all about flirtation with Islam as his new movie wows US

IRISH actor Liam Neeson's new film is expected to be a winner at the box office this weekend.

The Co Antrim native is looking forward to seeing his latest flick The Grey win out over its big-screen competitors by being crowned the number-one movie in the US.

It is tipped that the action-thriller, which sees dad-of-two Liam hired to protect oil workers in Alaska, could rake in a whopping €15m in America thanks to eager cinema-goers.

The 59-year-old will appear on funnyman Graham Norton's BBC chat show tonight and will no doubt discuss his recent comments that he may convert to Islam.

Liam admitted that he's thinking about changing religion, thanks to his experience while filming in Istanbul.

The A-lister, who grew up as a Catholic, said that hearing the public calls of prayer five times a day "got into his spirit".

"The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it's the most beautiful, beautiful thing.

"There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim," Liam revealed.

This is the second time that the star has received widespread attention for discussing religion.

The A-Team actor, who is one of the biggest names in the industry, received criticism in 2010 over his claims that Narnia lion Aslan -- whom he plays in the blockbuster movies -- is not based on Christ as author CS Lewis had depicted, but is in fact based on all spiritual leaders.

He has also spoken about the challenges he faced with his faith since the tragic and untimely death of his actress wife Natasha Richardson.

"I was reared a Catholic but I think every day we ask ourselves, not consciously, what are we doing on this planet? What's it all about? I'm constantly reading books on God or the absence of God and atheism."

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