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Liam Neeson admits to getting mistaken for Ralph Fiennes all the time

Lynne Kelleher

Published 31/01/2014 | 08:01

Liam Neeson has told how he is regularly confused with his best friend, Ralph Fiennes.
Ralph Fiennes worked with Neeson on Schindler's List

HOLLYWOOD star Liam Neeson has told how he is regularly confused with his best friend, Ralph Fiennes.

The Taken actor has become one of the biggest box office stars of the past decade but he said he is mixed up with his Schindler's List co-star because they have worked on many of the same movies.

However, the 61-year-old said on the Jonathan Ross Show that he is quite happy to be confused with the actor he also worked with in Clash of The Titans.

He said: "He is one of my best, best, dearest friends. I keep getting fans and stuff mixing me up with Ralph because we have very similar profiles.

"So I've been complimented on winning a Tony Award for my Hamlet, he's been complimented on the Taken movies."

He said there are a few occasions when he doesn't have the heart to correct fans, especially when he was stopped by some World War One veterans who thought he had starred in The English Patient.

He said: "It was the 50th anniversary of the D-Day Landings about 15 or 16 years ago and my wife and I were walking through a hotel in Paris and we were passing these two elderly couples.

"They got up and this lady said, 'Excuse me, can I introduce you to my husband and his best friend who landed on D Day 50 years ago and they're now going up to the beaches of Normandy to work by themselves and honour their comrades who died", he said choking up as he recalled the encounter.

"So, I'm just floored by this and we shake hands. I was about to move away and the lady said, 'Would you mind signing this?' She brought out a menu.

"I said, 'I'd be honoured.' So I get this and as I'm just about to write my name she says, 'We love The English Patient.' So, I just wrote, with love, Ralph Fiennes."

The actor told how he is starring alongside Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery in his latest movie Non-Stop where he once again takes on the role of the hero as an air marshal trapped in a plane with terrorists.


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