Liam Neeson for GQ Magazine

Posted on March 28, 2014

For those kittens who like their meat a little more on the seasoned side.

Jesus, that was the cheesiest and near-grossest sentence we’ve written in a while. You get the point. It’s Friday. It’s Liam Neeson.

 

Liam-Neeson-GQ-Magazine-April-2014-Tom-LOrenzo-Site-TLO (1)Liam Neeson covers the April 2014 issue of GQ magazine photographed by Paola Kudacki. Suit and shirt by Emporio Armani. Tie and shoes by Giorgio Armani. Pocket square by The Tie Bar. Watch by Omega.

 

On the decision to do the movie “Taken”: “I wanted to do more physical stuff. I really thought it would be kind of a little side road from my so-called career. Really thought it would go straight to video. But it just got great word of mouth. I was stunned.”

On being raised Catholic and being an altar boy: “There was the classic sort of sense of theater, the celebration of the Mass and the Benediction: lighting the candles, putting on the costume. One of my jobs was to light the charcoal in the thurible.”

On the first movie he made, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” where he played Jesus: “I was in a theater in Belfast; this evangelical-outreach organization came. They were holding auditions for the local actors to make a film. They saw all the local actors, saw me, and I was the evangelist who’s the Christ figure. We shot it in Cavehill, which is just overlooking Belfast. I don’t know what I got paid. Peanuts, but it was a lot, it seemed.”

On still having faith: “I think I do. I mean, I don’t practice. But it’s not far from me. And I have faith in the power of theater, which is quite similar—a body of people seeing something being enacted. It’s at least 4,000 years old; I see how that can move people and change attitudes, the power. I believe in that faith. Since my wife passed away, do I believe in an afterlife? I don’t know.”

 

Liam-Neeson-GQ-Magazine-April-2014-Tom-LOrenzo-Site-TLO (2)Suit and shirt by Giorgio Armani | Tie and pocket square by The Tie Bar | Watch by Omega

Liam-Neeson-GQ-Magazine-April-2014-Tom-LOrenzo-Site-TLO (3)Suit by Boss | Shirt by Charvet | Tie by Boss

 

That flipped-up shirt cuff is triggering our fashion OCD, but he looks great in all the pics. His face his too smoothed out, and that is so not his body on the cover, but you can’t argue with the style. It might be narrow in range but it suits him perfectly (pun unintended).

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Paola Kudacki for GQ Magazine]

    • padma sallah

      I know this is photoshopped to hell and back but STILL. *fans self*

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        Agreed. THe man is still so hot he makes me…I’ll be in my bunk.

      • L’Anne

        Now if we just get him back in good movies…

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I saw Neeson’s latest action flick, Non-Stop and it was quite entertaining, especially when he looked at the baddie and growled “Am I in your way……..ASSHOLE?”
          but yes, he’s capable of so much more, let’s get some quality scripts his way, stat.

        • fursa_saida

          I really enjoyed him in the LEGO movie, so there’s that.

        • ankali

          I actually adore Taken. It is absolutely ridiculous, but he took it from stupid B-movie to epitome and apex of B-movies. He is the only single solitary reason that movie works, and it’s impressive and crazy entertaining to watch him work that magic.

    • E. Sevilla

      evian bottle. that is all.

      • Michelle Gennari

        LOL!!! I can’t look at him without thinking that!!

        • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

          Me either…

    • Jessica Freeman

      Will never stop loving him.

    • @Biting Panda

      HE is soooooo much hotter than this plasticized version GQ is giving us.

      • deelup

        I was literally just about to type that.

      • shopgirl716

        Agreed. Photoshopping can be so counterproductive.

        • Denise Alden

          So can a runaway makeup job on those eyebrows! I saw him recently on The Daily Show and mama! So hot.

      • CelandineM

        The two hottest things about him do not come through, #1 that voice and #2 the character aging has given his face!

      • Danielle

        He has a special set of skills. He will find you and he will… seduce you.

        • @Biting Panda

          Your mouth to God’s ears!!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      The Omega rep must’ve been in the room to force that cuff flip.

      • Evan

        Just what I was about to say!

      • decormaven

        So true. Heck, if you want to feature the watch, put it on a stand and shoot it straight on. No one flips a cuff like that.

    • Little_Olive

      I ADORE this man, hopefully not because my father bears a considerable resemblance to him. He just seems to be… a man. You know.

      That said, this is so not his shoot.

    • NMMagpie

      If you want the real Neeson, watch Rob Roy. The man should always be wearing a kilt.

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        Exactly. Woof.

      • Ginger

        Men in kilts = pure hotness. RAWRRRRRRR

        • majorbedhead

          Mmmm. Men in kilts. Makes me go all wibbly at the knees.

    • Judy_S

      Being more interested in him than in his suits, I think I would prefer the unphotoshopped version. Or maybe I should go to the movies.

    • KinoEye

      Yeah… bad photoshopping on a man who really doesn’t need it. The lines on his face are part of his appeal — it seems to me that he didn’t really become a big, household name until he was older, unless I’m not aware of something big in his earlier career (excluding Schindler’s List). People started lusting after him at that point in his life, when he had that character to his face. Not when he was a young’un. Why ruin that for everyone?

      • @Biting Panda

        The year was 1988. The movie was Satisfaction. I have loved him since. These pics are a huge disappointment.

        • tereliz

          Also 1988: a small but important role in High Spirits as Darryl Hannah’s ghost husband. With bonus Peter O’Toole! Too bad about the Steve Guttenberg, but it was the eighties and you can’t have everything.

          • @Biting Panda

            Yep. Yep.

        • Griffinqueen

          1981. Excalibur. With his then girlfriend Helen Mirren. Total hot couple.

          1984. The Bounty–AND Mel Gibson, who was still beautiful then.

      • Tanya Wade

        And also….The Good Mother. I almost broke the vcr I rewound it so much.

        • mewesley

          I thought I was the only one who saw that movie. Cliche but have to say it…the book should be experienced too.

      • lunchcoma

        I don’t know why they were so heavy-handed about it. I’m not normally one for older men, but I think Neeson looks pretty hot even in pap pics taken on the street.

        • VicD

          I actually SAW him on the street once. Baseball cap pulled down, at night … but I still recognized him easily. He looks good.

      • Kathy

        Not a major role, but Excalibur (1981).

        • Imasewsure

          I was OBSESSED with that movie… great cast for sure and wasn’t that the dawning of the Helen Mirren phase of LN’s romantic life? Makes me love him even more…

          • Kathy

            I love that movie. What an amazing collection of actors tearing up the screen. I wasn’t aware of LN AND HM’s romance, but I can totally see that.

          • Rand Ortega

            I’m still obsessed with that movie. I can still recite the “Charm Of Making”. How sad is that?

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Anall nathrach, uthas bethood, dochiel dienvay…..well, you get the point. That movie is one of my favorites-sure, it’s got it’s over the top moments, but I love it.

            • Rand Ortega

              As if I couldn’t love you any more, B3. Over the top? Whaaaa? It’s Shakespeare for the sword & sorcery set, darling. Merlin coming to Arthur declaring “A dream to some. A NIGHTMARE TO OTHERS!” is pure “Hamlet”.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              OMG! You have no idea how many times Mr.B3 and I have shrieked with joy and laughter when Merlin says that line-while wearing a cape that is totally, freaking batshit crazy!

            • Rand Ortega

              I might have an idea. It’s the same at Casa Ortega. Between that scene, Liam’s character Gawain turning over the cup at the Round Table in Garbo-esque grief stricken denial & Gabriel Bryne’s Uther Pendragon riding to the castle on his own bone– uh, lust, Mr. Ortega & I squeee like little school girls whenever we watch those scenes.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Yes! Merlin bellowing at Uther that “your lust will hold you up” is classic!

            • Rand Ortega

              HAHAHAHA! RIDE!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I have one more “Excalibur” anecdote. Years ago Mr. B3 and I attended a National Symphony Orchestra concert that featured the “Liebestod” from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. On the way home we compared notes and confessed to each other that we had both thought “Look into the eye of the dragon and despair!” at one point.

            • Rand Ortega

              That’s good. For me it was “Carmina Burana” performed by the LA Master Chorale.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              One land, one king!

            • Rand Ortega

              Awesome.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Now I can’t wait til the next viewing of “Excalibur”!

        • formerlyAnon

          Excalibur! It was embarrassing at the time how much I enjoyed that movie. I should watch it again, soon.

    • rockin robin

      My plea to the magazine cover editors: if you are going to photoshop, can you at least be a little less obvious?

      • barbarienne

        And if there’s a reflection of the person in a table, maybe remember that?

        Some of the difference might be the angle, but his reflection has a few giveaways.

    • PastryGoddess

      Those last two pictures are everything

    • Kathy

      He gives great face, but I prefer his unPS’d face please.

    • Wink

      At 61, Mr. Neeson puts men half his age to shame. Damn.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Mhmmmm.

      • Imasewsure

        That’s because he is about 41 in these pictures… in real life though I agree… he looks great

        • Wink

          Funny! GQ really overdid the ‘touch up’ on these photos. But even with his REAL face and body, he’s hotter than most. Also, he’s tall enough to reach items on the top shelf of the cupboard… unlike Tom Cruise, et al.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      his face looks plastic, but the suits are beautiful.

    • jw_ny

      Not only his body on the cover, but I’m questioning whether that’s his hair in these pics too…

    • Dandesun

      He’s wonderful. There are precious few that I would forgive for being in ‘Ethan Frome’ though I was plenty judgmental about that for a time. (I loathe that book so deeply.)

      I really do just love him.

      • marlie

        UGH. Ethan Frome. I was happily going on with my life, having forgotten that that book ever existed. Thanks for nothing.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I just read “Ethan Frome” this week, so that I could finally return it to the friend who loaned it to me. Lord, what a grim, grim read-and I like Edith Wharton.

        • demidaemon

          I didn’t mind it so much, but I read it shortly after Catch-22, so it may be a context thing. Now that’s a book that I totally loathe.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I wouldn’t say that I disliked it;as I said, I found it grim, but thinking about it I can see that it has some elements of Wharton’s other work, in that the characters act as they do because of their character and their circumstances.
            Catch-22-Lord, I read that sooooo long ago.

            • demidaemon

              I guess I interpreted the grim as dislike. I barely remember the book, though, because I read it in tenth grade, which was AGES ago.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Somehow I managed to graduate from high school and college without reading “Ethan Frome”, and that always puzzled me, as so many of my fellow students and friends were assigned it. Ah, well, I finally caught up with it.Now, do I want to catch the movie with Liam?

            • demidaemon

              I have no recommendations on the movie, as that was one film version we skipped.

    • Lois Cameron

      Claim to fame: my great aunt picked Liam Neeson up and took him to the set of Pilgrim’s Progress when he filmed it in Belfast (you have relatively limited chances for a claim to fame when you’re from Northern Ireland, this is the best I’ve got).

      • Imasewsure

        i read this as “my great aunt pick pocketed Liam Neeson.” Oh well, your story is nice too…

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          I like your version too!

        • Lois Cameron

          I like this. I like this a lot. I might start telling this version, see if people believe me.

    • FrigidDiva

      He just seems like a genuinely nice guy. He’s about the same age as my parents and I could totally picture him as one of my Dad’s friends coming over for dinner and entertaining the room. My mom was just talking about him the other day and how sad it was when his wife passed, but he had given an interview and talked about her being an organ donor and having to make the choice to take her off life support because that was what she’d wanted. Still makes me sad, they were one of those Hollywood couples that seemed like the real deal.

      • mixedupfiles

        It’s a role, but did you ever see him in Gun Shy? There’s a scene where he’s sitting with the other protagonist, chatting, he’s just sort of reaching for some empathy, and it’s so great. “It’ly.”

      • Betsy

        A friend of mine shared a meal with him and they talked about his loss. Apparently he is very down to earth.

    • another_laura

      He’s been overdoing the hair color for years, now, and yes, they really slimmed him down for these shots. Still and all, yes, yes, YES

    • The Versatile Chef

      Why Photoshop That Face? Why??? All the cragginess is what makes him swoon-worthy.

    • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

      They did a number on his face, didn’t they? I love my meat well seasonsed, and I usually find him attractive but nope, nothing doing with this editorial.

    • Zippypie

      His ruggedness is what makes him so smokin’ hot – shame on GQ for Photoshopping him so much.

    • decormaven

      A little too much color added to the eyebrows, but he still looks great here. From interviews and his work, he appears to be very centered, which adds to his appeal for me.

    • Pennymac

      I need to download my own photo shop. Cause I could do a better job than these folks, just saying. Way to smear out all of his interestingness, GQ! And why does his nose look like it belongs on Owen Wilson in the cover shot?

    • Carla_Charlton

      The skinny-suited cover reminds me of the Modern Family episode where Phil wears a skinny suit and can hardly move.

    • marlie

      They did some weird stretching voodoo on his body on the cover, but still I will always love Liam Neeson. He’s one of those gents who gets hotter with age.

    • DTLAFamilies

      I can’t with the Uncanny Valley face and cyborg body. That is not Liam Neeson, nor is it a remarkable facsimile.

    • MilaXX

      *drools*
      I watch Taken every time it is on.. EVERY. TIME.

    • mjude

      I love him.

    • formerlyAnon

      Loverly. But these would not be my favorite photos of him, by far.

      (And that artlessly flipped cuff which ensures we can see the watch? That looks so silly. Ah well, pays the bills.)

    • Gatto Nero

      I enjoyed his comments far more than the photos, which are photoshopped to death. His face looks like a mask.
      He deserves more respectful treatment. (But this is the game, I suppose.)

    • ashtangajunkie

      I cannot imagine what kind of a crazy you’d have to be to mess with that face. It’s perfect the way it is. Hummina hummina.

    • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

      Delicious….

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Maybe I haven’t been paying attention, but this seems like the most extreme full body photoshop I’ve ever seen on a men’s magazine cover. The suit lays beautifully, but we’re entering CG territory with how smoothed out everything is.

      Weird.

      (And I had to LOL at the ‘Here’s my expensive watch’ flip. Heh.)

      • Shawn EH

        Very very unsubtle for GQ, but Liam almost pulls it off: acting his way through the guyditorial like actors should!

    • SportifLateBoomer

      Personally I’ve been leaning toward younger men recently… but Liam reminds me of the potential for yummy character and wisdom and, well, seasoning that someone his age can bring, if they’ve taken good care of themselves and have the right outlook on life. That being said, he looks kinda fake in this spread. Yet still so, so rugged and dreamy. That accent! That gaze!

    • Shug

      “For those kittens who like their meat a little more on the seasoned side. Jesus, that was the cheesiest and near-grossest sentence we’ve written in a while.” …if by cheesy you mean pure gold.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      YUM.

    • crash1212

      Nice pics. Nice man. Made me look up thurible.

    • Therese Bohn

      Hello my love…

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Oh, be still my foolish heart! Thank you, thank you uncles for this tasty portion of Sausage Friday!

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

        Terry Gross interviewed Gabriel Byrne on NPR and was so…twitterpated…asking him to recite his favorite poem in Gaelic, which he did. It was hot and Terry Gross has been a hero of mine ever since.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Oh, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, that must have been amazing to hear. I’ve been joking with Mr. B3 for years about my hypothetical fan letter to “Dear Mr. Byrne”….which would quickly degenerate into whimpers.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I prefer Gabriel Byrne. In Treatment… such a good show. But I wouldn’t kick Mr. Neeson outta bed for eating a whole box of crackers either.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          In Treatment was must-see TV house. BTW-Byrne a volume of memoirs back in the 1990’s, when he and Ellen Barkin were married. He’s a fine writer as well as a fine actor and eye candy.

        • NinaBoo

          I wouldn’t kick him out of bed if he were holding a hand grenade.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            OK, you win. He’s yours ;)

    • Paula Pertile

      Wish there was sound to go with the pics – his voice is what does it for me.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      Liam Neeson is the ambassador of getting it. If you ever want to see comedy gold, look up “A Woman of Substance” where he has a substantial role, and part of it is in old man drag.

      • Corsetmaker

        Blackie was the first role I saw him in. He stole every scene he was in, which was no mean feat against Deborah Kerr!

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

          Then you understand the absolute comedy that is Barry Bostwick in that mini-series. “I have to go back to Fraaaaaance.”

    • http://stylishsass.blogspot.com/ TAKippy

      I now have to watch Rob Roy, like, RIGHT NOW.

    • Doreen Ingato Inguaggiato Bier

      I have loved him forever. There’s something about the height, the accent, yada yada. I want to help him raise those kids. I had a girl crush on his wife, too!

    • Skippymom1

      The cover looks as tho’ he is auditioning for James Bond. This would not, imo, be a bad thing. Ever.

    • snarkykitten

      Why did they photoshop him to hell and back? I want my silver fox!

    • brown-eyed girl

      Sigh. Gotten better as he’s gotten older. Needs no photoshop!

    • Michelle Lim

      Still HOT as HELL. Why must they photoshop him to death?? Oh and his voice…HIS voice!! Swoon.

    • PeaceBang

      Liam Neesons is my JAM!