Liam Neeson says he thought he was drowning in a scene that was shot for his new movie ‘Unknown’ which comes out this week.
In one scene where he is pulled from his car unconscious in a river, he had to play himself-- and he felt like he was drowning
“I came to swimming late,” Neeson said. “I learned to swim at the age of 20.”
The day of the rescue scene he said he was very nervous., “I’ve put my head six inches under the heated water and I’m sitting in the back unconscious. I’m feeling the water coming up and once it got there, I just panicked. I wasn’t in control.”
That scene was one of several tough physical scenes in the film for the now 58-year-old actor.
In the movie, Neeson suffers a near fatal car accident only to discover his identity has been stolen.
“In a nutshell, it’s an edge-of-your-seat thriller, kind of a homage to Alfred Hitchcock of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s,” the Belfast star told the Boston Herald“
The film was shot in Berlin, “it was the coldest January and February in 20 years. Treacherously cold,” he said.
“There was frost on the ground and ice, and we had a lot of physical activity outside. There was a challenge just to execute the film in that.”
“I don’t do my own stunts. I do my own fighting, (he’s an ex-boxer) which I don’t regard as a stunt. My dear friend and stunt double has been doing the heavy stuff for about 12 years now.”
But he says he’s happy with his new career as an action star.
“I’ve gotten a new lease of life with this ‘Taken’ movie at the age of 58 — did I say 58? 37!” he joked.
“It’s great to play an action hero.”
How does he keep so fit?
“I have my own private stuff. Lots of sex helps.” he told the newspaper.