Thursday 17 January 2019

Move over Sean Spicer, Liam Neeson also set to appear on this week's Late Late Show

Actor Liam Neeson attends the New York premiere of
Actor Liam Neeson attends the New York premiere of "The Commuter" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on January 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

There's an interesting line-up on this week's Late Late Show with Hollywood star Liam Neeson joining former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the line-up.

The Oscar-nominated star will be in studio to chat about The Commuter, the latest in his long list of action flicks, which sees him kicking ass at the tender age of 65.

Also in studio this weekend will be Spicer, six months after he resigned from his role under President Trump at the White House.

He will defend his claim that Trump's inauguration was the "biggest ever", reveal what he really thinks about Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live, and spill on the reasons behind his resignation.

US Government Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a press briefing in the White House. Picture; Gerry Mooney
US Government Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a press briefing in the White House. Picture; Gerry Mooney

At the Toronto International Film Festival in September last year Neeson slammed Trump, drawing parallels between Trump's presidency and the Watergate scandal.

He plays Mark Felt in Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, a new thriller directed by Peter Landesman which recounts the story of the FBI agent who became the anonymous source who aided the Watergate investigation in the US in 1978.

“Democracy works and no man - and certainly not the President - is above the law. He has to be accountable," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

“I think we're living in very scary times and we all have to be responsible,” he added, “...and the great thing that has happened and is continuing to happen - as was happening at the time of Watergate - people are getting out and protesting. That hasn't happened in America for many many years.”

Also in studio on Friday night will be presenter Maura Derrane, Snapchat star James Kavanagh, and former Irish international footballer Stephen Hunt to talk about the things they'd like to bin this year.

The issue of homelessness will be explored through the story of Deborah Somorin, who became homeless at 13 and moved into emergency accommodation where she had to be locked into her room at night for her own safety.

When she became pregnant at 14, the home where she was living was turned into a mother and baby unit with staff helping her adjust to her new life as mum. At 17-years-old her own mother, who suffered from depression, died by suicide.

From such turbulent beginnings, she has turned her life around, working for accountancy firm PwC and due to qualify as a chartered accountant next year. On Friday night she will share how, through sheer determination, she triumphed over incredible adversity.

Viewers will also be meeting some of the brightest minds from the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition including the winner of this year’s competition.

Music will come courtesy of The Acadmic and Charlie Landsborough will return to studio.

The Late Late Show airs on RTÉ One at 9.35pm on Friday night.

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