Liam Neeson opens up about working with his son on action thriller Cold Pursuit
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Liam Neeson opens up about working with his son on action thriller Cold Pursuit

LIAM NEESON has opened up about the experience of working alongside his actor son, Michael, on his latest action thriller Cold Pursuit.

Michael made headlines late last year after it was revealed that he was planning on changing his last name from Neeson to Richardson, in honour of his late mother, Natasha.

Cold Pursuit offered Neeson a rare chance to work alongside Michael who plays his son in the new snow-bound revenge thriller.

But despite the family connection, the Taken star has been keen to stress there was no nepotism involved in the casting of his son.

"I had suggested him early on to Hans (Petter Moland), our director, and Michael (Shamberg), our producer. And then I just stayed away," Neeson told IANS [via Business Insider].

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"Micheal read for the part and he got it. I was pleased, pleased for him too."

The film offered a unique chance for the pair to spend some quality time together, while Neeson admitted that the casting of Michael made it easy for the pair to form a relationship on the screen.

"We didn't have to pretend to have a relationship, do you know what I mean? For some other strange actor to pretend he is my son," he said.

"Micheal is my son and he has got some of my body language and I have got some of his, so I think that comes across. It was a no-brainer with regard to acting with him.

"It was just having a regular conversation with your boy."

A remake of the 2014 Norwegian crime thriller In Order of Disappearance, Cold Pursuit finds Neeson on familiar ground as a father out for justice against a menacing drug gang.

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The actor insists this is no Taken rip-off though.

"It's a good character-driven revenge thriller, with very interesting bad guys. There is very dark undercurrent element of humour, which is quite appealing,” he told Business Insider.

Cold Pursuit will be released on February 8th.