Liam Neeson has admitted that he and his old friend, front man for U2, Bono, have been working on a script, for a movie, for six years.
Neeson let slip the Irish power duo’s schemes during an interview with the Irish Independent. He spoke about his fears, including technology and heights but also brushed on the fact that he has recently split with his girlfriend British publicist, Freya St Johnston.
The Ballymena star assured the Irish newspaper that he’s never lonely and whenever he wants company just meets with friends, including “close friend" and fellow yoga fan Ralph Fiennes and of course, Bono.
Neeson said “We chat, or with him a lot of the time I just listen. He’s a wonderful man. He’s got an idea for a script which we’ve been working on for the past six years,” he says, going on to outline the story, which is inspired by the Irish showband phenomenon of the Seventies.”
What was not made clear is if Neeson would star in the movie.
The “Irish showband phenomenon” was a dance band format (six or seven piece bands), which were popular during the early rock and roll era, from the mid-1950s to the 70s. Several successful Irish musicians began their careers with showbands, including Van Morrison, Henry McCullough, Mick Hanly and Rory Gallagher. Certainly lots of fodder for a great Irish movie script.
Bono (54) and Neeson (64) have are longtime friends. Earlier this year, in a moving interview with Anderson Cooper, on “60 Minutes”, Neeson spoke about how Bono had helped him and his sons heal following the tragic sudden death of his wife Natasha Richardson, in 2009.
He told Anderson “Bono is a pal and he came around to have a dinner.
"And I remember he was sitting beside Micheál and, just out of the blue he said, 'What age are you, Micheál?'… Micheál said, '13.' And he said, 'Yeah, that's the age I was when I lost my mum.' That was it. And ... I could have kissed him for it."
"He was saying, 'You know, I lost my mom at this age and I'm doing OK. And you will do OK too.'"
Neeson can currently be seen in theaters in the crime drama “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” Read the review here.