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Video: Liam Neeson fights Peter Griffin in Family Guy

by claire mcneilly

Published 01/05/2015

He's been an action hero, a producer and a narrator - but now an animated Liam Neeson is about to hit our screens in the American cult series Family Guy.

The Northern Ireland A-Lister will guest-star in the milestone 250th anniversary of the programme, which is the big rival to The Simpsons as the world’s top animated shows for adults.

In the episode, entitled “Fighting Irish”, viewers will see the US sitcom’s main character Peter Griffin meeting Neeson - a former amateur boxer - for less-than-friendly reasons.

Ahead of this weekend’s transmisson, executive producer Steve Callaghan spoke about Griffin’s encounter with the Taken star, who also played a bare knuckle fighter in the 1990 movie, The Big Man.

“We learn that anytime Peter gets a few beers in him, he goes on a drunken rant about how he can beat up Liam Neeson,” said Mr Callaghan.

“Quagmire and Joe and Cleveland have reached their limit after hearing this same drunken rant one too many times — so they realize it’s time call Peter’s bluff.”

After learning that Neeson happens to be shooting a movie a few hours from the fictional town of Quahog, the guys track him down and try to crash his set.

This leads to a “down and dirty” dad fight, according to the executive producer, who also stressed that Peter “definitely does not have a particular set of skills” like Neeson.

“It’s straight-up a drunk guy who’s that stupid and thinks he can beat up a movie star,” Mr Callaghan told Entertainment Weekly.

 “His skills are drinking a lot of alcohol, running off his mouth, and putting himself in situations he shouldn’t be in.”

Mr Callaghan also paid tribute to Neeson, who used to box at All Saints Boxing Club in his home town of Ballymena, for having a keen sense of humour.

“What’s great about Liam is that he’s so funny, and in some ways, the more serious he gets, the funnier he becomes,” he said.

The 62-year-old’s appearance in Family Guy only serves to cement his position as one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood at present, despite his advancing years.

It recently emerged that he will co-produce a new film about a republican sniper. A Mad and Wonderful Thing is based on a novel of the same name and tells the story of a young IRA sniper.

The 250th episode of Family Guy airs this Sunday at 9pm on Fox.

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