Liam Neeson on son altering final title to honor Natasha Richardson: 'He did the best factor'

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SiriusXM radio present.” data-reactid=”17″>“I mean, the trailer made me cry, frankly, because it’s, it’s just very touching to see the two of you together,” Cohen stated on his SiriusXM radio present.

Andy Cohen Live. “Micheál he really does. And the subject matter is, was, is very close to home… losing my wife, Micheál, losing his mother, and that, that is part of the story of Made in Italy. It was quite cathartic in many ways for both of us.”” data-reactid=”22″>“I’m very proud of him, Andy. I’m not gonna blow smoke… he does have a presence,” Neeson replied on Andy Cohen Live. “Micheál he really does. And the subject matter is, was, is very close to home… losing my wife, Micheál, losing his mother, and that, that is part of the story of Made in Italy. It was quite cathartic in many ways for both of us.”

“I mean, there are so many obviously overlaps between your real life and this movie that it also seems like a painful place to go back to,” Cohen added. “Was it intense for you at all? Or was it — did it open up a lot of conversation between you and Micheál about Tash and about what happened?”

While Neeson stated “it didn’t,” the 68-year-old motion star admitted it felt as if “someone had just grabbed my gut and twisted it” when he learn the script.

“It was quite scary,” Neeson shared. “It it really made my gut turn because it was so, as you say, it touched on something Micheál and I have both gone through — [are] still going through — 11 years after Natasha has died. And I thought, gosh, this would be fantastic if I could do it with Micheál.”

Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson arrive for the 2002 Tony Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall June 2, 2002. (Photo: Reuters)

Just a few different younger actors had been steered, however Neeson received the script to his son.

“I said, ‘Micheál, just read this.’ I didn’t tell him what it was about or anything. And he responded to it. He sort of looked at me after he read it. I looked at him and I said, ‘Look, what do you think? Do you want to, should we try and go through this together and see what happens?’ And he agreed,” he shared. “Yes… of course it touches on very, very delicate stuff.”

Director James D’Arcy wrote the script primarily based off of his expertise shedding his father at a younger age. 

“So we were all kind of in this together, you know?” Neeson added. “It was cathartic in lots of ways, it really was.”

Neeson and Richardson shared sons Micheál and Daniel, who had been 13 and 12, respectively, on the time of her dying. Two years in the past, Micheál modified his final title from Neeson to Richardson to honor his mom.

“I think the did the right thing,” Neeson advised Cohen of his son’s choice. 

“I think it was a lovely homage, it’s a lovely gesture and he’s, you know, he’s not saddled with my last name which, you know, I have a certain celebrity status I guess,” he continued. “I’d hate for him to be constantly asked ‘Oh are you Liam Neeson’s son.’ So, it was a lovely gesture. You know Natasha’s family, mother and sisters were very touched by it as indeed I was too.”

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