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Film fans mistake me for Fiennes, reveals Neeson

LIAM Neeson has revealed people often mistake him for fellow actor Ralph Fiennes and he has even signed an autograph as the Harry Potter star rather than admit his real identity.

The Irish actor, who stars alongside Fiennes in fantasy sequel Wrath Of The Titans, said their similar looks tend to get them mixed up. "I get mistaken for my pal Ralph Fiennes. I've been congratulated for my Hamlet on Broadway 14 years ago," he said.

"And he gets mistaken for me sometimes. We'd pass as brothers, you know."

Neeson (59) recounted two memorable times when he was mistaken for the English actor. "I was once down in Patagonia, Argentina, about five years ago fly-fishing, and this woman came up and said, 'Oh my God, Red Dragon! You were fantastic in that.' I didn't want to say, 'It's not me', so I said, 'Thanks very much'," he said.

"And then, once, my wife [Natasha Richardson] and I were walking through the Plaza Athenee, this beautiful hotel in Paris, and this elderly couple got up and said, 'Excuse me, my husband and I are visiting from America'.

"The lady grabbed a menu and said, 'Would you mind signing this for us?' I said, 'It would be my absolute pleasure'. And as I'm about to sign it, she said, 'We absolutely adored The English Patient'.

Neeson added: "So I signed it 'With love, Ralph Fiennes'. I could not burst their bubble."

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