He’s appeared on-screen with thousands of actors in his 30 plus year career.
But Liam Neeson, 63, got a brand new co-star in LG’s Man From The Future commercial that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday – his 20-year-old son Micheál.
‘Being able to work with my son Micheál has been absolutely wonderful and quite unique,’ Neeson said in a LG behind-the-scenes YouTube video. ‘It’s also our first time acting together and it’s great to share the screen with him.’
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First time! Liam Neeson and his son Micheál appeared opposite each other in LG’s Man From The Future commercial
Taking his lead: The commercial shows Neeson as a man from the future giving advice to his present-day self (Micheál)
It was an extra special experience for the renowned actor and his son as the seven-year anniversary approaches of the tragic death of Neeson’s wife Natasha Richardson.
Natasha, mother of two boys Micheál and Daniel (now 19), died age 45 in March 2009 after hitting her head during a skiing lesson in Quebec, Canada.
The mother of two, who was not wearing a helmet, hit the left side of her face tearing a blood vessel in the brain, which would start as a slow leak and later prove fatal.
Anniversary approaches: Neeson’s wife Natasha Richardson died tragically in March 2009 after hitting her head during a skiing lesson in Quebec, Canada; the couple are seen here in May 2008
But initially she appeared unhurt and got up laughing. Unaware of the seriousness of the injury, she refused to see a doctor and even signed a medical form saying that she did not need help.
She received emergency treatment at the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien, nearby, and was then transferred to Montreal’s Sacre Coeur Hospital.
Neeson immediately flew from the set of his the film he was shooting, Chloe, in Toronto, but she died some time later.
Proud mom: Richardson and her sons Micheál Neeson (left) and Daniel in November 2008
Back on the set of the LG commercial, the family affair continued with award winning producer/director Ridley Scott serving as the commercial’s executive producer who teamed up with his son, Jake, who directed the spot.
The commercial shows the Michael Collins star as a man from the future giving advice to his present-day self while promoting the new technology of the LG OLED TV.
Micheál described working with his Oscar nominated father as a ‘very cool experience.’
‘It’s weird seeing him differently to him making me do the dishes or waking me up in the morning,’ he said. ‘In this I am supposed to possibly be him in the past and him as me in the future.’
The Run All Night star described his character in the commercial as an enigmatic man from the future that’s traveled back to the present day on a very important mission.
‘He represents that inner-appeal, that curiosity we have to find out about the future,’ the Taken star said. ‘So we go after it and we want to know what’s out there.’
Time travel: The 63-year-old described his character in the commercial as an enigmatic man from the future
Grown up! Micheál admitted it was weird seeing his father in a new light opposed to him making him do the dishes or waking him up in the morning
Jake, who has previously directed many Budweiser commercials, said it was useful to have father and son on screen together.
‘It’s truthful, authentic relationship already exists,’ Jake said. ‘Michael’s innocence against Liam’s obvious wisdom and experience is a nice dynamic attention created through that.’
Micheál Neeson is looking forward to his first major film role later this year, The Rising: 1916.
Meanwhile Liam has a handful of film projects with 2016 release including the Martin Scorsese directed historical drama Silence.
Learning from the best! Micheál described working with his Oscar nominated father as a ‘very cool experience’
Big year: Neeson has a handful of film projects with 2016 release including the Martin Scorsese directed historical drama Silence
Another family duo: Award winning producer/director Ridley Scott served as the LG commercial’s executive producer who teamed up with his son, Jake, who directed the spot