Liam Neeson talks drugs, alcohol, Woody Allen, Catholicism & more with GQ


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OH YES. The big man got a GQ cover too. GQ has done multiple covers for their April issue – we’ve already covered the Pharrell Williams cover, the Kit Harrington cover, and now we finally get one with a BIG MAN. A man who likes to talk. A man with something real to say. I swear… Liam is like a fine wine. He just keeps getting better and better every year. You can read the full GQ piece online here (the print edition is out on April 1st, and this is one of the best Neeson interviews I’ve ever read) and here are some highlights:

On the movie Taken: “I wanted to do more physical stuff. I really thought it would be kind of a little side road from my so-called career. Really thought it would go straight to video. But it just got great word of mouth. I was stunned.”

On who he wants to work with that he hasn’t yet: “I’d love to work with Denzel. I have such admiration for him as an actor. I see an incredible nuance of someone who’s so comfortable in front of a camera. There’s an intelligence there; there’s an absolute truth. I’ve never seen that man portray anything less than the truth. It’s pure.”

On working with Woody Allen on Husband and Wives: “It was a good experience. There was a lull; a quiet came over the set when he came on. We were out at four in the afternoon. It was f–king great. However, there was one incident—people think I’ve made this up, but no. There’s a scene where I’m going down on Judy Davis, right. Judy and I are in bed—obviously covered up—and as I’m going down, Judy’s having this monologue in her head. And the crew are all ready, and we’re waiting for Woody. No-show. It’s starting to get a bit uncomfortable—it’s a bed scene. Anyway, he came out after about twenty minutes and said, ‘Okay. Camera starts on Judy. Liam, I want to just see the top of your head. Okay, we know where you’re going.…’ So there was no apology; nothing. What happened: His lawyer had gotten in touch with him to say Ms. Farrow has found naked photographs of her adopted daughter [Soon-Yi].”

On his kids: “I think they do know that I’ll always be there, no matter what happens. But the thing Tasha and I really wanted to instill in them was manners. That may sound like such a basic thing, but I’ve heard so many adults say, ‘Oh, my God, your sons—they look you straight in the eye. They’re very polite and mannered.’ It makes me proud. And it can get you through a lot, in a way. Just showing respect for your fellow man.”

On being a single father: “It’s just still a day-to-day thing, you know? My boys are teenagers. They’re experimenting. They’re flexing muscles and sometimes dangerous avenues, and you think, ‘F–k. If Tasha was here, someone could share this.’ But yeah, we’re doing all right, you know? There’s a worry nowadays, with every parent I’ve spoken to. It’s f–king drugs. It’s a virus. A teenager can take it and suddenly they can be hooked, and it changes their life and their family’s forever. That’s my constant worry. And I trust them, and they’re sensible boys, but it can be just that chemistry that doesn’t work. And now there’s talk of legalizing it.… It’s like, f–k.… I was never into drugs, but I had a bad motorbike accident in 2000 and broke my pelvis, my heel. I wasn’t supposed to last the night. And when they took me to the hospital and gave me morphine, ugh, I thought, ‘This is how I want to go, with a big f–kin’ jar of this stuff.’ And then when they give you that drip that you give yourself every six minutes…I knew I was hooked, because I was counting those f–king drips, the seconds until I could push that button, and it was instantaneous, that high was.”

On why he gave up drinking: “I was just—I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died. Pinot Noir: That’s all I drink. I was never into spirits or liquor, hard liquor. And I gave up the Guinness years ago, because it just—past an age, it sticks to you, you know? So last year, I just thought—they’ve been throwing these action movies at me, and I thought, ‘Okay, let’s just change it a little bit.’ And it’s been great. I love it.”

On dating: “I’m keeping myself to myself. And I like it that way. I’m not hunting. I’m the opposite of a—what would a male cougar be? Is there such a thing? Whatever it is, I’m not that.”

On Catholicism: “I remember going to confession once, and I had to learn the word masturbation in order to confess it. I wound up confessing it to one of these missionaries, and he f–king just lit into me. ‘YOU DID WHAT? YOU HAVE TO STOP THIS EVIL PRACTICE.’ Then I remember opening the door, and I could see all these old ladies waiting, and… F–k’s sake.”

On letting go of his role in Lincoln: “Natasha died in March, and then—I want to think it was toward the end of April, Steven got together a reading, and we all sat: Sally Field, John Lithgow. Oh, just great actors. And Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Steven, of course. We started reading this, and there was an intro, and then I see ‘Lincoln:’ where I have to start speaking, and I just—a thunderbolt moment. I thought, ‘I’m not supposed to be here. This is gone. I’ve passed my sell-by date. I don’t want to play this Lincoln. I can’t be him.’ I was thrilled that Daniel played him, and when I saw the film, I was like, ‘He’s f–kin’ Abraham Lincoln. This is perfect.’ Perfect.”

[From GQ]

I’m not sure if I was supposed to laugh when he said, “This is how I want to go, with a big f–kin’ jar of this stuff” but I did. That’s just a funny line. I know he’s being serious and trying to talk about how easy it would be for his kids (or any kids) to get hooked on drugs, but I just got an image of Liam on morphine saying, “Yes. This is it. This is everything!” Of course I also laughed at the confession story (that’s amazing). Also: I’m so happy that he’s not drinking anymore! Liam and I can be non-drinking sisters! Yay. The rest of it just golden too. I love this interview.

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Photos courtesy of Paola Kudacki / GQ.

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  1. don't kill me i'm french says:

    The cover is an audition for James Bond by Chris Nolan?

    Good interview

  2. Josephine says:

    Really likable. Actual talent – and tons of it – and still seems like a humble and good man. It doesn’t seem like the younger crop have it together like this.

    And it goes without saying that the man is smoking hot!

  3. Dani2 says:

    One of my faves. Love this guy.

  4. V4real says:

    This man is in his 60″s and I still find him sexy as hell. Sorry VC but if I could I would.

    Now let me go hide in a corner

  5. mia girl says:

    Awesome. He is awesome.

    P.S. @VC
    Virgilia – my heart sank a little for you when he said he wasn’t a male cougar… But don’t fret, I am sure he’d make an exception for you.

  6. Frida_K says:

    Oh, he is so delicious. I would be compelled…

    Sincerely…I do wish him a happy life, one with a new partner when the time is right. He’s too wonderful to be alone for the rest of his days.

  7. AG-UK says:

    LOVE LOVE him he seems like such a nice lovely man. Down to earth and honest not bad looking either and TALL. I too agree with manners, please and thank you I say to my son. Manners don’t cost a thing.

  8. GeeMoney says:

    Oh man… Liam Neeson, is like, ‘da bomb. Love that guy!

  9. PixieWitch says:

    Liam “Broken Penis” Neeson is my new name for him.

  10. MrsBPitt says:

    I had no idea he was supposed to be Lincoln! This is a great interview…I love the part about teaching his sons good manners…so many children today seem to lack that…I met a woman that was just an aquaintance one day and she was with her 15 year old son… when she introduced me, he looked me in the eye, stuck his hand out to shake hands and said “nice to meet you”…I was thoroughly impressed…most 15 year olds I know, just look at their feet and give a surly “Hi”…

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree that manners are so important and somewhat lacking in the world today. It’s a way of showing respect for other people’s feelings. Most of my friends’ children have nice manners, but I have one or two friends that just haven’t emphasized it and I think it will eventually be detrimental to their children.

  11. Aysla says:

    Ha! He gives a really great interview, I laughed at the confession bit. I think he’s one of the few actors who I genuinely look forward to seeing in a movie, not just for the movie itself (that’s not to say I watch all of his stuff… Clash of the Titans was so laughably awful, there’s no way I’m watching the sequel). Is he still with that one lady who left her husband for him? The flight attendant? Or am I mixing up stories?

    • The flight attendant thing–I’m assuming you’re thinking of Ralph Fiennes screwing a flight attendent in an airport bathroom, without a condom…….on his way to talk about the effects of AIDS (hahahha, sweet irony).

    • Jayna says:

      He went out with a French flight attendant in her mid 40s he met on a flight. I guess they texted back and forth and she flew to New York and met him at a restaurant for dinner. It just so happens a paparazzi took their photo coming out of the restaurant . Guess who alerted them? I wonder. And then it comes out she’s married with children and in an open marriage and her husband was cool with it she brags. She sold her story to The Sun. That was their only date. LOL I doubt he knew she was married when asking her out and then she sets him up and sells her story. This was back when he first started openly dating and went out with the one around the same time that he ended up seeing seriously, the one in England.

  12. LOOK at my man. Sigh. I would say that I wish that one of his sons looked just like him (in addition to being freaking huge–in every way–just like their dad), but I’d be lying to myself.

    And yes–V4Real–hide in the corner before I slut shank all of you!!!!!!!!

    Miagirl–oh, I know he’s going to make an exception for me. I cook and bake, and I have an amazing (hopefully non cancerous) rack, plus I won’t call the paparazzi–what isn’t there to love?
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    I like what he said about drinking and Natasha’s death—I remember that he was just always wasted whenever he wasn’t working. Poor man. At least he realized it was an issue before it got worse.

    I wonder–is he still with Freya? I swear, if I was her–every time paps took photos, I would have the smuggest, bitch face on. You would all hate me. You’d all hate me, because I wouldn’t have to say a word–my smirk would say this:
    Look whose dong I’m riding, bitches!
    Look.
    LOOK. Jealous?
    I know.
    I’m hitting that.
    Daily.
    And twice on Sunday–in appreciate to God making such a magnificent specimen of a man.
    ——————-

    • V4Real says:

      Damn and I thought I had gotten away with it. I just had to wipe that shit eating grin off my face. LOL

      I love your comment and I know how you feel because if I had my hubby RDJ, I would be doing the exact same thing. I would be like yeah, I’m banging Iron Man bitches and Sherlock Holmes.

  13. smee says:

    I used to swoon over him, but I just can’t with his vocal support of horse drawn carriages in NYC

    You know that has to suck for the horses – the loud noise, the hard streets, the heat – it’s a totally unnatural situation for an animal like a horse. He’s using his fame to support this NOT quaint tradition.

    So, yeah, he looks great and the interview is charming, but………..

    Read about it here:
    http://www.banhdc.org/

    • Kiddo says:

      While I don’t think it’s necessarily the best lifestyle for them, from what I understand, if disbanded, their destiny could be worse. Horses are very expensive to keep. Many are pushed into the market for meat. Who would adopt all of them? I was squarely in the position of stopping the carriages until I heard the counterpoint. I just don’t know now.

  14. Secret Squirrel says:

    Whoops! When I first read that heading, I thought it said Liam takes drugs, not talks drugs!!

    Wow. That cover is amazing. He looks too good to be the age he actually is! Very hot!!

    I find it both incredibly sweet and incredibly sad that he obviously still loves his wife so much and misses her every day. I doubt any other woman will ever come close to winning his heart as completely as his “Tasha” did.

    Love how everyone here knows and respects that Liam is VC’s fantasy squeeze!
    *waves at Virgilia, knowing she will be along to read all about her man very soon*

  15. LadyJane says:

    I am Irish and I love Liam but I am so devastated he decided to jack up his face with unnecessary plastic surgery or botox or whatever. He looks like a hollywood clone now. The looks natural in these pics but in recent films his face is unnaturally tight and doesn’t move naturally.

    • Truthtful says:

      I unfortunately agree with you in movies it is becoming too awkward to watch him.

      • Jayna says:

        I just saw him in Non-Stop and a ton of close-ups and the man had a lot of lines on his face and even age on his face, but handsome. He definitely did not look jacked up. In fact, quite the opposite. I also saw him in Taken 2 and he had some weight on and his face was very rugged and not smooth or pulled tight. Maybe what he was doing wore off or loosened up. But definitely an older but good-looking rugged man’s face in both movies. You can’t hide those things with HD movies now.

      • Truthtful says:

        @jayna: sorry that is your (very biased) point of view in interview and movies , IN MY OPINION, he is becoming very very plastic à la steve martin that plus bad hair dye job are slowly changing him into an aging hollywood clone. Obvisously you like him very very much that you even know some details of his personal life but I was stating my opinion.

        ps: in non stop yes he has ‘some lines’ but also a particularly frozen forehead and quite plumps and frozen cheeks too..

      • cubfan34 says:

        He’s signed to make a film with Scorsese- Silence. Maybe that will get him out of the action roles. But at 60 roles start drying up some for men.

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0490215/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

  16. Maria says:

    I love how candid his interviews, plus, him not being a make cougar ♡

    It’s nice to see a man who appreciates a woman in the same age bracket as himself.

  17. Karen says:

    I had no idea about Lincoln either!

  18. Hiddles forever says:

    This man is awesome. Period. They don’t make men like this anymore. I guess they threw the mould away *sighs*

  19. lucy2 says:

    I remember him being cast as Lincoln, but I really like what he said about the project and how it ended up.
    I also really like what he says about his kids – it sounds like it’s hard, but he’s doing everything he can to help them grow up well. He clearly misses his wife so terribly, I do hope he finds someone who can be there for him.

  20. LondonGal says:

    Loveliest star I have ever met, By a country mile. Delightful.

  21. chicagogurl says:

    Sigh. He’s in my top 5. I love this man. I could listen to him talk for hours. His outlook and what he gives importance to — he really has his head on straight and seems to know himself very well.

  22. Jayna says:

    Dear God, i want a divorce now and i’m moving to New York. LOL J/K

    He was drinking a lot after Natasha died, not during filming or press or anything, but on his down time. There’s photos of him on location leaving pubs or restaurants and you can tell he’s drunk. I’m sure it was to numb the pain and the emptiness. I never thought I would see him not drink at all, though, just cut back. That’s interesting.

    He’s that rare breed, a hunk of a man but also someone of strong character, intelligence, and a kind man.

  23. Tiffany says:

    It does make me wonder if he stuck with Lincoln would we be calling him Academy Award winner Liam Neeson. Or would he never hold a candle to Day Lewis.

  24. Ginger says:

    I gave up drinking too. 4 years sober now. So go Liam! I also had a very difficult time in my life where I relied on my Wine wayyyy too much. It’s good to hear him sound so healthy and amazing. I’m still sad when he mentions his late wife however. I think it hits home because I have a son. I can’t imagine missing out on his growing up. So tragic.

  25. hushgush says:

    God he looks great. He’s 61 y.o. ! If you think Sean Penn is 54 and looks like Liam’s 65 y.o. older brother meth addict, baked ham left outside for hours under the sunlight with flies and smell and everything,

  26. Louie says:

    He’s been pictured on dates, including holiday pics in st.tropez, with a british PR business woman since 2010. Don’t really understand why he shies away from admitting he’s been dating her. Wonder what she makes of all? he’s still clearly in love with natasha and as rich,famous and lovely as he seems to be, I wouldn’t feel secure in that relationship at all. The affair seems like one big long-distance booty call to me. She must be very understanding, or have one hell of all ulterior motive…heather McCartney anyone?

    • Maybe they’re friends with benefits—I read that they’ve known each other for quite a few years(which I’d believe, being that she is in the pr business)—who’s to say that she ever wants to get remarried again. Maybe all she wants is a lovely dong and companionship–just like he wants someone with ovaries who’s nice and won’t sell him out to the tabloids…coughMEcough…..they’re both getting what they want. We don’t know though. And that’s how he wants it.

    • Jayna says:

      For his whole career, Liam was notoriously silent on his love life. It was off limits in interviews really. He did live with Helen Mirren for five years when younger before moving to the States trying to break into the movies. I don’t even know if he discussed her much, but probably did because she was a big support to him. But he even lived with Julia Roberts for a year and didn’t talk about her. Who knew he was so in love with her until Janice Dickinson told all in her book about sleeping with him and him just wanting to talk about Julia at dinner. He was brokenhearted she left him for Dylan McDermott. He dated lots of famous women and never discussed it, like Barbra Streisand.

      Maybe this Freya is more casual, that they casually see each other when he’s in town or she travels to a movie set when she can, because there is only one photo of them in a year. But other than that, he is just behaving like he always does in interviews, that his dating life isn’t anyone’s business. Natasha was different. He fell in love and married her and she was famous too, so always a lot of interest in them being higher-profile Plus, Natasha talked about him a lot.

      But if he is seeing that woman regularly and is in kind of a relationship, albeit long-distance, with her having kids and him having kids, living in different countries, I think it would be hard to see how still in love with his wife he is, discussing her and she’s never ever mentioned. Especially, in the interview when he said at his country home she is buried in a small cemetery close by and he goes there once or twice a week and just sits and talks. That grabbed my heart.

      • Sash says:

        The thing with his gf is pretty casual I think, He can see her when he wants, but she lives 1000s of miles away so taking the relationship to next level- moving in etc isn’t an issue. I remember watching an extra clip from his 60 mins interview and finding it so tragic that he still has all of his wives clothes in the house..heartbreaking. Yeah its easy for a fan to say they’d be with Liam at a drop of a hat, but seriously? he’s still so heartbroken and vulnerable, I wouldn’t be able to handle it. Either the gf is a saint, and has some delusions that he’ll commit to her eventually, or she’s as casual about it as he is. Weird set-up.

  27. Camille (The Original) says:

    He’s lovely.

  28. fried egg says:

    Nice interview and Liam comes of very likable. No wonder he gets all the ladies – that list is long.

  29. Amy Tennant says:

    I smiled when I saw this because I knew how happy VC would be to see it. We all have our celebitchy hubbies don’t we?

  30. jaye says:

    I would throw myself at this man. I’ve never thrown myself at a man before, but I would totally throw myself at Liam Neeson. I would happily make a fool of myself just to get close enough to smell him. Is that stalkerish? Eh…who cares. I love him.

    I’m 43…would dating him make him a male cougar?