Being an actor of his might doesn’t come without an appetite and when it comes to a versatile performer like Liam Neeson, expect the unexpected. “I want to gorge on (Indian) tikkas,” says the actor, who is also planning to descend on the country “sometime soon” to satiate his craving for the spicy sizzler.
Talk about India, prod him on knowledge about Bollywood, he says, “Bollywood is everywhere and is insanely popular. I have seen few of them (movies) and they are very entertaining and I love the entire musical touch they bring alongwith them.”
So would he ever like to star in one? “You mean dance…yeah...why not…will I be offered one u think?” he quips.
Neeson, who is receiving kudos for his latest outing Unknown, has also heard about the Big B of Bollywood. “I have heard of Amitabh Bachchan. He is known worldwide.”
Talking about Unknown, having already topped the US box office, Neeson is “confident that Indian audiences will love it too”.
“Unknown is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a kind of homage thrown towards Alfred Hitchcock and movies of that ilk, in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Well, for a start, it was the coldest January and February in 20 years and treacherously cold like frost on the ground and ice and stuff like that. The film required a lot of physical activity outside. So, there was a challenge in just to execute the film in those sorts of conditions, but somehow it actually made us all closer,” he says.
Throwing light on his character, he says, “I lose my identity in the film. So I’m kind of lost,” and adds, “at times I got so engrossed in the character that I actually started to believe that I lost my identity.”
The 58-year-old is also pepped about doing some action in the movie."I seemed to have gotten a new lease of life since Taken was successful. So, at the age of 58…I’m sorry, did I say 58? [Laughs] At the age of 37, it’s great to get these action roles," says the actor, who also has the sequel to Taken up his sleeve.
A successful actor and producer, ask if he will also don the director’s hat someday and he says, “Never given a thought” before adding, “I’m driven by script all the time. That’s my criteria.”
Unaware that his part in the much-awaited sequel to The Hangover has been axed, he shares some insight from the projects and says, “I am too glad I did it. All thanks to (Bradley) Cooper! I play a tattoo artist in the film so I came to LA for a day and did it. I did a scene, which is supposed to be in a tattoo parlour in Thailand. I'm the tattoo artist, covered in tattoos, 'Ireland forever'... Shamrocks and all that.”
The busy actor also makes sure to spend quality time with his family.
“I have all the time of the world for my sons and love to go fly fishing with them,” he says.
Neeson has recently also been appointed as the International UNICEF goodwill ambassador for his charity work on behalf of vulnerable children. He says, “I am deeply honoured to be appointed as the goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and this is my way in which I intend to help save and improve the lives of children around the world affected by poverty, disease, abuse and neglect”.