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Liam Neeson: Leading A-Team is like being a kid in a toyshop

By Maureen Coleman

A-Team star Liam Neeson has revealed that he was never a fan of the original 1980s series.

The Ballymena actor, who plays Hannibal in the re-make, said he had never really watched the hit series despite its huge popularity at the time.

Neeson was speaking at the film’s premiere in Hollywood, which was also attended by cast members Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Jessica Biel.

He said: “I was never a fan of the series, to be honest.

“I was in my 20s. Bradley (Cooper) and Rampage and those guys were 10 or 11 years of age and it was iconic for them.

“For me, even though it was very popular in Ireland, it wasn’t my cup of tea.”

The cast made an explosive entrance to the premiere, with Neeson arriving first in the iconic A-Team van, speeding onto the red carpet as the show’s legendary theme tune blasted out over speakers.

He was closely followed by Cooper and Copley, who rode aboard a massive army tank.

Hollywood Boulevard was closed down to allow the van and tank to make their grand entrance.

Neeson said: “It’s Hollywood. This is one to tell the kids, the grandkids.”

The father-of-two, who also starred in the action flick Taken, said he had picked up an injury while filming the A-Team, but he said it wouldn’t put him off pulse-racing movies in the future.

“It’s good, it’s like being a kid in a toy shop,” he said.

The original ‘Faceman’ Dirk Benedict — who is currently playing Columbo at the Grand Opera House in Belfast — makes a cameo appearance in the remake, along with Dwight Schultz who played Murdoch.

However, Benedict reportedly felt his cameo was a waste of time.

In a recent interview with the Belfast Telegraph, he said: “It’s just a visual thing, for a few seconds. If you blink you’ll miss us.”

And he added that in his opinion the role of Hannibal should have gone to George Clooney and not Neeson.

“I mean, Liam’s a wonderful, fabulous actor, but he’s a serious actor,” he said. “To be able to do light comedy is a gift. It’s Sean Connery. It’s Roger Moore. It’s Tony Curtis. It’s Jack Lemmon. It’s not Marlon Brando. It’s not Al Pacino. It’s not Liam Neeson.”

The A-Team opens across the UK at the end of June.

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