Liam Neeson's Everest challenge
Liam Neeson faced one of his toughest challenges when undertaking the role of narrator for his forthcoming film The Wildest Dream: Conquest Of Everest.
The dramatised documentary documents the death of climber George Mallory during an attempt to scale Everest, and Neeson liked the film so much he suggested his wife Natasha Richardson for the role of Mallory's wife Ruth. Richardson was tragically killed in a skiing accident less than two months after recording her voice-over.
The Wildest Dream director Anthony Geffen told The Independent "When the film came together, Liam liked it so much he suggested his wife for the role of Ruth Mallory. I was with Natasha at the final recording session last January. She was passionate about Ruth and really related to her."
He continued: "Her death, obviously, was a huge shock."
George Mallory's body was discovered in Everest's 'death zone' by renowned US mountaineer Conrad Anker, who said of Neeson: "It was very difficult and challenging for him to hear the voice of Natasha, especially the last reading that she does where she says: 'I can't imagine that you would not come back. I love you so dearly.'"