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Liam Neeson: I don't impress New Yorkers

Liam Neeson likes that people in New York are brutally honest.

The actor is best known for his role in the Taken franchise, with the final instalment due out this month.

While he has fans all over the world, some places are more welcoming than others.

"In LA, I may be up to an eight," he mused to Empire magazine when asked to rate his fame out of ten.

"In New York, they don't give a f**k, so I could be an eight but they'd let you know that you're maybe a six. Or maybe a five. That's what I like about New York.

"Back home in Northern Ireland, I'm an eight or a nine. 'There's the big man, who the f**k does he think he is?'"

It's not just Liam who has fans excited when they bump into him. When he met boxer Muhammad Ali, it was the 62-year-old's turn to be starstruck.

"My knees literally went weak," he recalled. "He signed a ratty piece of paper that I had, for my father. I was in awe. He still is The Man."

And Liam isn't immune to movie crushes either. In fact, he can still recall his first.

"It was a lady I recently had the honour of presenting an Academy Award to in Los Angeles, and she goes by the name of Maureen O'Hara," he divulged. "She's 94 years of age. She was my first crush, and then I really fell in love with her when I saw The Quiet Man, directed by John Ford. She's in a wheelchair now, but she still has that beautiful bone structure."

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