Category: Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger make 'Unknown' movie premieres an international event

Diane Kruger at the Unknown movie premiere in Berlin After Liam Neeson led the pack at the "Unknown" movie premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday, Diane Kruger and Sebastian Koch picked up the torch for the thriller's screening at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival on Friday in Germany.

Unknown movie premiere starring Liam Neeson

German-born Kruger was on the scene in Westwood as well, along with cast members January Jones and Aidan Quinn. Exec producer Susan Downey brought hubby Robert Downey Jr., while Kim Kardashian showed up in a big, white swing coat that in theory could hide any number of pregnancies (see photo No. 7 in this picture gallery, which includes more shots from thge red carpet in L.A.).

Director Jaume Collet-Serra also showed for both events, joined Friday by cast members Karl Markovics, Eva Loebau and Petra Schmidt-Schaller. "Unknown" is being shown out of competition in Berlin.

Neeson found himself back in an action role after his thriller "Taken," set primarily in Paris, did big box office after its January 2009 release. "Once that happened," critic Kenneth Turan said in The Times' "Unknown" movie review, "every Hollywood studio must have scoured the Earth in search of a similar story that would allow Neeson to once again lose his temper and take on the world."

"Unknown," which opened Friday in the U.S., is also screening Saturday at the festival in Berlin, the city where the story takes place.


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Photos: Liam Neeson, left, at the "Unknown" movie premiere in Westwood on Feb. 16, 2011, and Diane Kruger, right, launching the film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 18, 2011. Credits: Jason Merritt / Getty Images, left; Andreas Rentz / Getty Images, right.

Liam Neeson on losing Natasha Richardson: 'I think I survived by running away'

Liam Neeson speaks about death of Natasha Richardson As the two-year anniversary of Natasha Richardson's sudden death approaches, her widower, Liam Neeson, is opening up about the tragic events leading up to her passing and how he's handled his grief.

Speaking to Esquire, Neeson recalled the frightening moments in March 2009 after Richardson was admitted to a hospital for a head injury suffered while skiing.

"I walked into the emergency -- it's like 70, 80 people, broken arms, black eyes, all that -- and for the first time in years, nobody recognizes me," the actor said. "Not the nurses. The patients. No one. And I've come all this way, and they won't let me see her," he recalls.

Eventually two young nurses on a smoke break took mercy on Neeson and pointed him in the right direction. 

"So I get there, just in time. And all these young doctors, who look all of 18 years of age, they tell me the worst ... the worst," he said.

At 58, Neeson is still a bona fide action star, but said he realizes the work is fleeting if he doesn't train properly. That work, in turn, eased his grief.

"I think I survived by running away some. Running away to work. Listen, I know how old I am and that I'm just a shoulder injury from losing roles. ... It's easy enough to plan jobs, to plan a lot of work. That's effective. But that's the weird thing about grief. You can't prepare for it," Neeson said.

"You think you're gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work."


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Photo: Liam Neeson in New York City in January 2009. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times 


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