Liam Neeson Says He Gave Up Drinking that Got Worse After Wife's Death

by 12:23 PM PDT, March 27, 2014
Photo: GQ Magazine

Liam Neeson has emerged as an action star in recent years with roles in films such as Taken and Non-Stop, and the 61-year-old star reveals in a new GQ cover story that because he's now taking on more physical roles, he gave up drinking about a year ago.

"I was just -- I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died," Neeson said, referring to the death of his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, in 2009 after suffering a head injury during a skiing accident. "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."

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Among Neeson's other notable quotables from his GQ cover story, which hits newsstands April 1: 

On doing 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."

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On being a single father to his sons Daniel and Micheál: "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?"

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."