Liam Neeson on Returning to Work After Natasha's Death

June 4, 2010 By:
Liam Neeson on Returning to Work After Natasha's Death

Liam Neeson has been through a lot in his personal life lately with the passing of his wife Natasha Richardson. But Hollyscoop was happy to see his genuine enthusiasm about his latest film, The A-Team.

We spoke with Neeson EXCLUSIVELY on the red carpet for the film’s Hollywood premiere on Thursday, and he called getting back to work “very exciting.”

Liam said, “It’s a big studio movie, big franchise film. I thought it was a terrific script, wonderful cast where no egos were jostling for positions. It was just the best we can do in each scene.”

Photos: A-Team Los Angeles Premiere

Hollyscoop asked Neeson why he wanted to play the role of John “Hannibal” Smith, and he replied, “I never really stopped. It’s nice to be a leader, I’m not leader in real life but it’s nice to play one. I was a little bit nervous but at the end of the day it’s a role. Ridley Scott’s company thought I was capable of doing this so I trusted them.”

It’s only been a little over a year since his wife Natasha Richardson’s sudden death. But Liam has learned to focus on family and work since the tragedy. “It was very exciting,” he explained of landing the role.

Liam's co-star Omari Hardwick admits that producers had to change a scene in the movie because it was too much for Liam to handle. "As you know and the world probably knows this was done right after his wife passed," Hardwick told Hollyscoop. "There was a scene that reminded him too much of that so we had to change the location." Bradley added that "he was incredible, he was fantastic," in the movie.

Being such an iconic actor, one would think Liam’s children would be on track to follow in their father’s footsteps. But, Liam told us, while they “inspire” him, he doesn’t want them to become actors. “I don’t want them to be,” he explained. “Being an actor is all about rejection.”

They may not become actors themselves, but his two boys Michael and Daniel were “very excited” to see this film! Neeson arrived to the huge event in the signature classic black van from the movie, while co-stars Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley chose a tanker as their transportation.

We’re glad to see Liam back to work and happy. He’s a terrific actor! Check out our exclusive interview with Liam below!