Micheál Richardson claimed that working with his dad, Liam Neeson, in the new movie, Made in Italy, was a way to honor his late mom, Natasha Richardson. Neeson and his son opened about their experience starring in the emotional family movie.
Based on their interview with ET, Richardson said that there were parallels between their lives and the script. In the movie, Neeson and his son played the roles of father and son who recently lost their family matriarch. In real life, Neeson’s wife and Richardson’s mom died in March 2009 after a skiing accident. For the boy, this is the part of the script that he felt a connection to his mom.
He explained that they felt her in the collaborative love for the script and the movie. He added that it would’ve been something his mom would be proud and happy about. That’s where he felt her. He finds doing the things she knows she would love them to be doing is a way of honouring his mom.
For Neeson’s part, the whole experience was fun in many ways. He shared how much he loved being with the film crew more than he does with actors. He admitted adoring film crews especially the ones he worked with in this new film because they were mostly Italians and from Milan. He felt they were keeping them aloft and protecting them. He felt good knowing the crew had their back considering that the film has delicate subject matter.
In Made in Italy, Neeson plays an artist who went with his son to Tuscany to sell a house they inherited from his late wife. He explained that he had to remind himself that he didn’t have to act around his son because they’re already father and son in real life. Richardson claimed that this connection gave them more than enough room to find their characters and infuse their own personalities as well.- Advertisement -
Meanwhile, Neeson said that people will enjoy it especially now that we are living amid the pandemic. The film is all about really connecting and he’s hoping that what viewers will learn from it.
You can watch Made in Italy on August 7 in Digital on Demand, select theatres, and drive-ins.