Wednesday 13 November 2019

Liam Neeson: I was filming sex scene in Woody Allen movie when news of affair with Mia's daughter broke

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson

Aishling Phelan

HOLLYWOOD actor Liam Neeson has revealed that he was filming a sex scene for a Woody Allen movie when the director's affair with his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow's adopted daughter first broke.

Neeson was filming Woody's 1992 comedy-drama ‘Husbands And Wives’ and was in bed with actress Judy Davis ready to shoot.

He told how Allen disappeared off set when he received a phone call about his long-time partner finding nude photos of her daughter Soon-Yi Previn.

‘‘'There was one incident — people think I've made this up, but no,' Neeson told men’s magazine GQ.

"‘There's a scene where I'm [performing a sex act] on Judy Davis, right. Judy and I are in bed — obviously covered up ... the crew are all ready, and we're waiting for Woody. No-show. It's starting to get a bit uncomfortable,’’ he recalled.

‘‘Anyway, he came out after about 20 minutes ... there was no apology, nothing. What happened, his lawyer had gotten in touch with him to say Ms Farrow has found naked photographs of her adopted daughter [Soon-Yi],’’ the actor revealed.

Allen and Farrow have made headlines recently after Farrow’s daughter Dylan came forward to reiterate accusations of sex abuse against the director. 

The actor spoke candidly about the incident in the April 2014 issue of the popular magazine.

Allen’s betrayed partner also starred in the 90s flick and Neeson recalled how he formed a strong bond with Farrow.

He and his late wife, actress Natasha Richardson also met up with Farrow a couple of months after for drinks when the two women were filming together in Ireland.

‘‘We had a couple of Guinnesses one night, and I told [Farrow] I was going to marry this woman,’’ he said speaking about Richardson, who died in 2009 after a skiing accident in Canada.

In the interview, Neeson also admitted that he gave up drinking a year ago.

‘I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died.

‘‘Never at work, never would do it like that, but this time of night? Sitting with you, I’d easily have—I’d be on my second bottle. Before we finished, I would have been halfway down a third,’’ he admitted.

He married Richardson in 1994 and turned down the lead role in Steven Spielberg's biopic of Abraham Lincoln after she died.

He had done four years of research for the role of Lincoln, but at a script reading the month after his wife's death, he decided against it.

‘‘I thought, ''I'm not supposed to be here. I've passed my sell-by date. I don't want to play this Lincoln. I can't be him,’’ he said.

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