Nee­son gets Peta in a stew

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - By Don­ald Clarke

Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals (Peta) is urg­ing pun­ters to avoid the lat­est Liam Nee­son film The Grey.

The snow-bound thriller (not press screened, hence its ab­sence from these pages) found the Bal­ly­mena man stranded in a waste­land where wolves roam hun­grily. Ap­par­ently, Joe Car­na­han, the di­rec­tor, pre­pared wolf stew for the ac­tors as part of the ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion process. Some of the per­form­ers de­murred. A few threw up. But folk raised in the land of the Cook­stown siz­zle are made of sterner stuff.

“It was very gamey,” Liam said. “But I'm Ir­ish, so I'm used to odd stews. I can take it. Just throw a lot of car­rots and onions in there and I'll call it din­ner.”

The Peta state­ment ex­plained: “Nee­son’s stance on kind­ness to an­i­mals is sorely out of step with the rest of the world.” Fail­ing to come up with a pithy slo­gan, the spokesper­son con­tin­ued: “Don’t just shy away. Run away from The Grey.”

Mr Nee­son has stum­bled into a few me­dia tem­pests re­cently. A few weeks ago, while cel­e­brat­ing the sound of public prayer in Istanbul, he ca­su­ally com­mented that: “It re­ally makes me think about be­com­ing a Mus­lim.” Within days, this glib re­mark – spec­u­la­tive at most – had trig­gered front-page head­lines sug­gest­ing Liam re­ally was set to em­brace Is­lam.

For such a quiet man, he doesn’t half know how to scare up an empty con­tro­versy.

The boy who ate wolf: Liam Nee­son in The Grey

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