Transcript for Liam Neeson and son Micheál Richardson talk new film, 'Made in Italy'
with Liam Neeson and his oldest son Micheal Richardson. They are starring together as father and son in the new movie, it is called "Made in Italy." Gentlemen, good to see you both. Let me just say, I watched the film last night here at home. Absolutely beautiful. Beautiful in so many different ways. Thank you, robin. Tender, humorous, I really -- Liam, I just can't express how much I enjoyed it but before we talk more about the film your boy, both your boys have been home a lot, Liam. What's family time been like for you? It's been fine. No, it's been great, robin. No, I'm only joking. It's been terrific having them around and I can't believe four months have gone. It's groundhog down types 200. Yes, it's happy blursday. Every day is blurring into the next. I know. I'm sorry, Liam. I guess part of what struck me is, Micheal, my gosh, you play a young man whose mother dies in a tragic accident when he's a boy and you can't help but see the parallels in real life, so what was it like for you playing this role and what did you feel like when you were first handed that script? Well, yeah, dad approached me and didn't really tell me much. He just sort of said, Micheal, I want to you read this and so it sounded -- there was a lot of gravitas behind that. I didn't really have a choice. I read it and it was really weird just the parallels between our life and the story and James as the director. And it was close to home, but it was something really exciting about that and sort of honoring mom in that way. I was nervous. I was really nervous, but it was a special magical time. And let me tell you, Micheal T. Comes through on screen. You could just tell that, especially -- I don't want to give away too much but when you're up in the room that has all of your childhood memory, whoo, I was absolutely in tears. Liam, so you got the script so you're reading the script. Why did you think Micheal, Micheal, my son, he has to play this role? What was it about? Well, first I read it, you know, very fast, robin, to, you know, see how many people I kill in horrible ways with various guns. Being slightly disappointed that didn't happen, no, I have to be serious. It was a beautiful, tender, touching script. I can only say what Micheal said, it scared me a little bit because it was very, very close to home and yet I thought, you know, being scared a little bit is good. Artistically I think and wouldn't it be great if I could get my son, Micheal, who then was only 22, the character was originally written a little older, but I called James Darcy, our writer, director, actually very fine actor in his own right to would he meet Micheal. They met for five hours and James called me up and said, listen, I think Micheal can certainly do this. So I was thrilled, you know. We shook happens on the deal and that was it. I'm sure you're very proud. I want people to see a little bit of both of you in ago right now. "Made in Italy." Here it is. Sort of dating app. On a computer. No, it's an app on your phone. On your phone? Yes, it's an app. Would you stop saying it's an app. Well, it is. What happened to dancing? The well-timed drink, miracle of a chance encounter. Well, now they've got this Al -- algorithm that replaces chance with certainty. Everybody lets someone down at some point. How you can back down from that, that's romance. I'm telling you, there's a little bit of everything in this but it's so incredibly tender and, Liam, your sense of humor, as always, as is on display this morning, always comes through. But I'm sure you must be very proud of this film with your son, Liam. Thank you, robin. We're proud of the film. I think it's a very sweet, tender, especially these days we're in, you know, it's -- the film is about connecting and reconnecting and we all know how important that is in this day and age. And as I said, I can't say it enough, you've done it beautifully. Tuscany, it's a character in itself in this film so gentlemen, thank you both. Yes, it is beautiful. Liam, always a pleasure to see you. Thank you. Micheal, all my best. Stay safe, robin. You do the same. "Made in Italy," you too, Micheal. "Made in Italy" available in demand and select theaters in drive-ins on Friday.
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