Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Liam Neeson ‘fed up waiting’ for his Lincoln film role

Northern Ireland actor Liam Neeson is so fed up waiting for Steven Spielberg to ask him to play Abraham Lincoln he has given up on the idea.

Upset with waiting for Spielberg’s stalled upcoming Abraham Lincoln biopic, Neeson has lost interest in trying to fill the tall hat of the 16th US President.

A year ago the Ballymena man, in preparation for the role, had taken his research on the President to a deeply personal place, reading numerous books and visiting locations where the statesman had given inspiring orations.

Although many critics believe Neeson would be a perfect match to play Lincoln due to their similar looks and stature, the star said he was no longer sure if he would take on the role.

It is understood he was left frustrated after several false starts and postponements.

In an interview for Empire magazine, Neeson said: “I don’t know. I think I’m past my sell-by-date in my inner soul. It would depend on the script.”

He added: ‘I’ve been living with it now for, I think, five years. So it’s either come to the plate and do it or get out of the kitchen. There are other things that I’d be quicker to pursue.”

Ironically he has recently revealed that he has accepted the role of US President Lyndon Johnson in Lee Daniel’s upcoming Selma.

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