Liam Neeson admits Islam has 'got into his spirit' and he's considering converting
Published 25/01/2012 | 09:52
HE famously played a cleric in Cal, and was named after a priest, but Liam Neeson has admitted he is now considering converting to Islam.
The Ballymena raised star has told one British newspaper that Islamic prayer "got into his spirit" while filming in Turkish city Istanbul.
He said: "The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it's the most beautiful, beautiful thing.
"There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim."
Raised a devout Catholic, the Michael Collins star - who lost his wife Natasha Richardson in a freak skiing accident in 2009 - has said he felt his faith challenged in recent times.
He said: "I was reared a Catholic but I think every day we ask ourselves, not consciously, what are we doing on this planet? What's it all about?
"I'm constantly reading books on God or the absence of God and atheism."
It’s not the first time Neeson has spoken about religion.
The 59-year-old faced criticism in 2010 after refuting claims by author C.S. Lewis that Narnia lion Aslan is based on Christ.
Neeson – who voiced the character in the film adaptation – instead claimed Aslan was based on other spiritual leaders including Mohammed and Buddha.
“Aslan symbolises a Christ-like figure but he also symbolises for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries,” he said at the time.
“That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids – that’s what he means for me.”