I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of Irish actor Liam Neeson. Have been way back to “Schindler’s List.” I like his acting and I’ll admit it…he is very nice to look at.
The 60-year-old New York superstar burned up the social media this week when he stripped down to his hot pink Speedo on the Ellen DeGeneres Show as part of a Breast Cancer Awareness month fundraising effort on the show.
I watched/enjoyed it and then the super-duper bonus arrived Wednesday. He stopped by ESPN in Bristol as part of his three-week, world-wide promotion of his new movie Taken 2, opening Friday, and Java met him too. (That was of course, before he burned it up on the air at ESPN with language that he didn’t mean to be heard on a live taping of SportsCenter . http://huff.to/SFMj1D)
There was no hot pink Speedo, but his cobalt blue reading glasses and rugged casual wear all worked for me! This is some of what he had to say in PG style:
Q: What’s the kick at ESPN?
A: I’m just coming off of three weeks of touring Russia, South Korea, Europe, Los Angeles and I’m just looking forward to this being over honestly. But this is an amazing complex. I am a boxing fan. That’s my sport. I boxed when I was a kid. I started at nine.
Q: What made you give it up?
A: It started to hurt once I turned 15 or so. My dad was a little pissed off when I gave it up but I was getting involved in school plays then. My first play was “Riders to the Sea,” by John Millington Syngea. That’s when the bug bit, I guess.
Q: So let’s talk hot pink Speedo and Ellen DeGeneres. Your idea?
A: Ellen came to me and said she knew one of my relatives, Lynn Redgrave, had died of breast cancer and asked if I would be willing to sit in the dunk box on her show for Breast Cancer Awareness month. I said sure, anything you want. She said ‘you can keep your robe on’ and I said ‘if I take it off would you double the money being donated?’ She said, yes, we can make that happen so when the time came, off came the robe. I felt terribly naked. As far as a future in modeling, I don’t think so. I haven’t been doing my push-ups in too long.
Q: Superhero Bryan Mills is back in Taken 2. How do you like that reputation as an actor?
A: He’s not a superhero. He doesn’t fly or have superpowers or anything. He’s just an overprotective father. I understand wanting to protect your family.
Q: Would you do a “Taken 3?”
A: I don’t think so, not unless it had a very good story line.
Q: You lost your wife, Natasha Richardson, so tragically three years ago. How are you doing as a single dad?
A: I have two sons. We take it a week at a time. No real surprises as an only parent. They are doing alright. I have good kids.
Q: New projects?
A: I am doing a film “Third Person” with Olivia Wilde, James Franco and Mila Kunis later this month. And then I’ll be doing a thriller with Joel Silver in New York.
Q; I thought you were tired?
A: But there, I’ll be able to sleep in my own bed.