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Normal People: Liam Neeson cried when he read script for Northern Irish drama

By Sarah Tulloch

Liam Neeson has revealed that he cried when he first read the script for Northern Irish drama, Normal People.

In an interview with US entertainment industry website Deadline, the Ballymena-born actor said he knew the film was special.

"It’s invested with Irish humor and it made me cry a little. I knew I had to do it,” said Neeson, who stars alongside Lesley Manville. 

The Normal People script, which is based on a play by Irish playwright Owen McCafferty, was passed on to Neeson by old friend and U2 frontman, Bono.

Normal People will see Neeson and Manville portray happily married couple Tom and Joan, who together face the challenges thrown at them when Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It was a very emotional script to read,” agreed Manville. “I cried a number of times.”

Neeson also shared that four of his relatives had died of cancer, three of them suffering breast cancer in recent years.

“I’m very aware of it. People still whisper about cancer. But why do we speak in hushed tones about a disease which is so prevalent and attacks so many we know? We’re all one degree of separation away from this experience.

"Millions of women go through this particular cancer, it’s so important they are regularly tested for it. We’re representing the story of what they go through. It can be ugly and brutal but there’s an extraordinary love and humor channeling through their experience."

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