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Liam Neeson opens up about Natasha Richardson

Liam Neeson opens up about Natasha Richardson
February 15, 2011 MICHAEL KNUDSEN
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson

One of the greatest actors of our time, Liam Neeson, is featured in the new issue of Esquire magazine, and opens up about the tragic loss of his wife, actress Natasha Richardson. She died (at age 45) almost two years ago (March 18th, 2009) after hitting her head while skiing (yet another reason why I’ll never ski). They were an amazing and talented couple (and obviously totally in love), it’s hard to believe she’s gone, I can’t imagine what Liam has been through, how sad! May Natasha rest in peace.

“I walked into the emergency — it’s like seventy, eighty people, broken arms, black eyes, all that — and for the first time in years, nobody recognizes me. Not the nurses. The patients. No one. And I’ve come all this way, and they won’t let me see her. And I’m looking past them, starting to push — I’m like, Fuck, I know my wife’s back there someplace. I pull out a cell phone — and a security guard comes up, starts saying, ‘Sorry, sir, you can’t use that in here,’ and I’m about to ask him if he knew me, when he disappears to answer a phone call or something. So I went outside. It’s freezing cold, and I thought, What am I gonna do? How am I going to get past the security?

“And I see two nurses, ladies, having a cigarette. I walk up, and luckily one of them recognizes me. And I’ll tell you, I was so fucking grateful — for the first time in I don’t know how long — to be recognized. And this one, she says, ‘Go in that back door there.’ She points me to it. ‘Make a left. She’s in a room there.’ So I get there, just in time. And all these young doctors, who look all of eighteen years of age, they tell me the worst.” He purses his lips, mouth dry. “The worst.”

“I think I survived by running away some. Running away to work. Listen, I know how old I am and that I’m just a shoulder injury from losing roles like the one in Taken. So I stay with the training, I stay with the work. It’s easy enough to plan jobs, to plan a lot of work. That’s effective. But that’s the weird thing about grief. You can’t prepare for it. You think you’re gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work.

“It hits you in the middle of the night — well, it hits me in the middle of the night. I’m out walking. I’m feeling quite content. And it’s like suddenly, boom. It’s like you’ve just done that in your chest.” SOURCE

Liam Neeson - Esquire Magazine