Liam Neeson confirms he is not converting to Islam
Irish actor Liam Neeson is not leaving his Roman Catholic beliefs despite reports suggesting he was thinking about becoming a Muslim after filming in Turkey.entertainment Updated: Jan 15, 2015 10:13 IST
Irish actor Liam Neeson is not leaving his Roman Catholic beliefs despite reports suggesting he was thinking about becoming a Muslim after filming in Turkey.
Neeson, 62, cleared the air during his first trip to Dubai during the Taken 3 premiere, reported Al Arabiya.
"No, I'm not converting (to Islam)," he said. There were reports that Neeson, who was brought up as a Roman Catholic in Northern Ireland, admitted that the Islamic call to prayer "got into his spirit" while filming Taken 2 in Istanbul, Turkey.
"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," he was quoted as saying.
Speaking at the press conference, he also took on America's gun culture. "There's just too many ******* guns out there. Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There's over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it's a disgrace," he said.
Neeson, a supporter of gun control, is best known as gun-toting father, Bryan Mills, who will stop at nothing to get his loved ones back, reported Daily Mail. However, he pointed out that films were just "fantasy".
"A character like Bryan Mills (Taken series) going out with guns and taking revenge: it's fantasy. It's in the movies, you know? I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life and all the rest of it, you know what I mean? It doesn't mean they're all going to go out and go, 'Yeah, let's get a gun!'," he said.
First Published: Jan 15, 2015 10:03 IST