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Liam Neeson and son Micheál Richardson opened up about their grief and discussed their roles in new Amazon Prime film Made in Italy on The Graham Norton
Liam Neeson suffered a devastating blow in 2009 with the death of his beloved wife, Natasha Richardson.
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The couple married in 1994 and shared two children together – Micheál, 25, and Daniel, 24 – before Natasha tragically lost her life at the age of 45 in a freak skiing accident.
Ahead of the release of his new Amazon Prime film Made In Italy, which also stars his eldest son Micheál, Liam has opened up about his family’s loss and how playing a grieving husband in the comedy-drama was “cathartic” for him.
WATCH: Liam Neeson and his son Micheál appear as a bereaved father in son in Made in Italy
Appearing on the Graham Norton Show via video link, Liam, 68, said taking on the role of a man grieving the loss of his wife was “a bit near the knuckle” for him.
“When I read the script I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is a bit near the knuckle’. I felt a churning in the gut, but thought it would be great to do and to do it with my son”
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“It was cathartic in a way – the way in which art sometimes can be,” he continued.
“There were some very delicate emotional scenes, and I could access the emotion without any problem, I didn’t need days to build up to it and I thought Micheál would be the same.”
Liam and Natasha were married for 15 years before her death in 2009
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Micheál, who goes by his late mother’s surname to honour her, added that the pair were struck by the “odd” similarities between their characters in the film and their real-life experiences.
“It was so odd that it was ten years after mum had passed and we were actually selling a family home that she grew up in, so it hit a little harder for us,” he said.
Liam and son Micheál discussed their new film Made In Italy
The official synopsis for the film reads: “Made In Italy is a heart-warming comedy, set in glorious Tuscany, about bohemian London artist Robert who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife.
Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair.
“As Robert and Jack painstakingly restore the villa to its previous glory, father and son also start to mend their relationship. The future may now look quite different and surprise them both.”
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Liam Neeson’s son has said he auditioned for a role to star alongside his famous father “for his own dignity”.
Northern Irish star Neeson, 68, and Micheal Richardson appear together in Amazon Prime Video’s comedy drama, Made in Italy.
Richardson, 25, is one of Neeson’s two sons with late wife, Natasha, who died aged 45 following a skiing accident in 2009.
Richardson told The Graham Norton Show: “I auditioned for the part for my own dignity.
I didn’t just want to be handed the part because he’s my dad”.
Neeson replied: “You auditioned? I didn’t know that!”
Made In Italy sees them play artist Robert (Neeson) who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Richardson) to sell a house they have inherited from Robert’s late wife.
Appearing via video, Neeson said of playing a father-son duo who have lost a wife and mother: “We can very much relate to that.
When I read the script I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is a bit near the knuckle’, I felt a churning in the gut, but thought it would be great to do and to do it with my son.”
He added: “It was cathartic in a way – the way in which art sometimes can be.
There were some very delicate emotional scenes, and I could access the emotion without any problem, I didn’t need days to build up to it and I thought Micheal would be the same.
“We had such a delicate producer and such a supportive crew that we felt wonderfully comfortable.”
Natasha, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, married Schindler’s List star Neeson in 1994.
She was a renowned actress in her own right, having won plaudits for her Broadway performance in Cabaret, as well as starring in films including Nell and Maid in Manhattan.
Asked about growing up with famous parents, Micheal said he had watched their movies but that it was “kind of traumatising at the age of five seeing my dad sliced in half by a lightsabre or blown up in an explosion, and also kissing somebody else – as a kid I thought it was CGI or some Hollywood effect.”
Other guests on The Graham Norton Show include The Mauritanian star, Tahar Rahim, actress Cush Jumbo, Deborah Meaden of Dragons’ Den, comedian Rob Brydon and singer Laura Mvula.
The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday at 10.55pm and is also available on BBC iPlayer.
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