Liam Neeson says Helen Mirren first taught him to drive
Liam Neeson revealed on The Late Late Show that he didn’t learn to drive until his late twenties, and it was Helen Mirren who taught him his first lesson.
Liam Neeson revealed that it was legendary actress Helen Mirren who gave him his first driving lessons. The prolific action star is known for his high-stakes films, most notably his turn to the genre once he hits his 50s. Still, he’s known to get down to business performing his own stunts, as in The commuter when the actor spent time away from the set learning martial arts. In perhaps one of the most iconic examples of Neeson’s action filmography, Taken Also features plenty of scenes where Neeson takes out the bad guys without using a liner.
The latest Netflix movie, The ice road, falls into the category of adrenaline-pumping Liam Neeson films. The film centers on Neeson as a large platform ice road driver who must lead a rescue mission to rescue trapped workers when an isolated diamond mine collapses in northern Canada. While the film does not include Neeson’s typical agenda of taking names and taking revenge, the danger of death still looms over the entire film. However, it is possible that The ice road would not have been possible at all without the help of none other than Lady Helen Mirren.
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Neeson revealed on James Corden The late show that he received his first driving lessons from Helen Mirren while filming their 1981 film, Excalibur. Although he later took professional courses after shooting a movie that did not provide transportation, Neeson remembers that Mirren was a “very good“instructor. Check out the full clip below:
Maybe Mirren should get all the credit for success in the action genre, at least when it comes to driving. Acclaimed actress portrayed Magdalene Shaw in the The fast and furious franchise and I had the chance to get behind the wheel of the very last F9 film released today. However, it stands to reason that maybe Mirren should get all the credit in any project, whatever her role.
Fans can probably agree that the only remaining step in this driving saga is an action flick that involves the two beloved actors behind the wheel. While it’s obvious Mirren has a little head start over Neeson, the fast-learning action star seems to have had the chance to hone her skills over the years. Either way, the general consensus would be that Mirren can probably teach anyone how to do anything and it would be an experiment that could be talked about even 40 years later.
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Source: The Late Late Show
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