Liam Neeson says he dealt with memory loss when he was a teenage boxer
Liam Neeson told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he has dealt with memory loss similar to his "Unknown" character, after suffering a concussion as a teenage boxer.
"As a kid I was a boxer for seven years when I was 16," Liam told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's premiere. "It was actually a fight I won. I came out of the ring and I was suffering from a slight concussion. People were saying things like 'Get ready,' 'Put your clothes on.' I didn't know what it meant... It lasted like three minutes. It was very strange. It made me quit boxing."
In Neeson's film "Unknown," which premiered on February 18, he plays a doctor on a trip to Berlin who wakes up from a taxi crash to discover that another man is living his life and his wife (January Jones) doesn't recognize him. The police think he's crazy and assassins are on his tail. His only ally in unraveling the mystery is a taxi driver (Diane Kruger).
In the movie, Neeson believes he is fighting for his identity, an issue that has become very real with the advent of computers. The actor said he fears the computer after having his information stolen in the past.
"We're in the computer age, the web age, and you say 'hi' and it's out there in the ether somewhere to be picked up, including your credit card details," Neeson said. "It's happened to me. I'm terrified of the computer."
Neeson was pleasantly surprised with the suspenseful thriller and admit that he didn't see the twist ending coming until he was nearly done reading the script. As far as becoming an action star at the age of 58, Neeson said he felt like a "kid in a candy store" and figures that he has a couple of years before his "knees give out."
Neeson revealed to Esquire magazine in an recent interview that he dealt with his wife Natasha Richardson's death in 2009 by "running away to work" to a certain extent. Richardson died on March 18, 2009, after she sustained a severe head injury while skiing in Canada. The couple has two sons Michael and Daniel and were married on July 3, 1994.
Neeson was born in North Ireland and got his start in films like "Excalibur," "The Bounty" and "The Mission." Neeson is best known for his work in "Schindler's List," "Star Wars: Episode I" and "Batman Begins."
Neeson will return to the big screen with a cameo as a tattoo artist in "The Hangover 2," a role which was originally slated for Mel Gibson. The movie is slated for release on May 26, 2011.