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Liam Neeson's secret boyhood visits to hear Ian Paisley

Liam Neeson has revealed how childhood observations of Ian Paisley’s firebrand religious sermons inspired him to become an actor.

The Oscar nominee said that as a youngster growing up in Ballymena, he would creep into Mr Paisley's gospel hall in the County Antrim town to hear him preach.

It was an "electrifying" experience, Neeson told the BBC. "He was a firebrand. He was like a throwback to some 19th century preacher and bible thumper.

"He was very intimidating, but extraordinary. I remember a couple of times creeping into his gospel hall to hear him. He was a big, big man, I'm 6ft 4in and he was my height but twice as broad.”

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