'Enjoy the Bedouin Life': Liam Neeson Never Wants to Direct It

“Enjoy the Bedouin life”
Liam Neeson never wants to go out

Liam Neeson says working as a film director takes too long for him, and he praises the resilience of being an actor. But the job also has its downsides. He could gladly spare his son, who followed in his father’s footsteps, for it.

Actor Liam Neeson never wants to try his hand at filming due to his impatience. “I have absolutely no interest in it,” said the 69-year-old from Augsburger Allgemeine. The main reason, he said, is that he “really enjoys the nomadic life of the actor”. “You show up somewhere to work for six weeks or two months and when the job is done you move on.”

The Irishman said, “As a director, you live forever with a project.” “It takes three or four months to prepare, and after filming you have to spend at least a year doing it before you show it to the public,” Neeson said. “I just wouldn’t have that patience.”

Neeson plays him in his new movie “Made in Italy” with his son, Michel Richardson. At first he was not enthusiastic about his son’s desire to take up the same profession. “Especially the beginnings in this business can be very challenging.”

65 percent of all actors and actresses are unemployed most of the time and are waiting for shows. “This is a profession of denial,” Neeson said. “So you are often rejected and you have to survive the dry spells, which as a father you wish to spare your children.”

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