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Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson: “I created my own luck”

October 20, 2021

Mr. Neeson, you’ve been acting for over 40 years. Do you still love this job as much as you always have?

A couple of times I’ve felt weary of it! The main thing that would concern me is if I ever felt jaded — I don’t mean tired, physically tired, because that is a sort of exhaustion I kind of welcome. But I sometimes have worked with actors and actresses that are just jaded, they are kind of not putting in the effort that’s required, they can’t be bothered with the emotion of a scene, or they just phoned it in. It hasn’t happened very often, but a couple of times I have been with actors who have been like that for years, I must admit.

Do you worry that will happen to you one day?

I mean, I remember thinking, “God I do not want to end up like that.” I really don’t want to end up becoming that sort of actor that can’t really be bothered to make the effort to explore another aspect of a scene.

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Saad MoosajeeEmerging Masters

Saad Moosajee: “You have to resonate with it”

October 13, 2021
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Saad, as a visual artist and director, what would you say makes an image emotional?

I think for me, it's where you see something that you connect with and understand. You have to feel something and resonate with it on a level where that’s familiar, maybe you’ve experienced in some way, even if it's beyond description, right? And then, I think where it becomes most interesting for me, is to shift it or manipulate it… Playing with or distorting this thing that we do understand, that does resonate with us, I think can create an emotional impact.

How do you go about that?

Well, the cover I created for Thom Yorke’s “Last I Heard” video, which I also directed, is a good image: it’s just group of kids skipping through fire — it’s very simple. But it also almost looks like they could be on Mars or something, and everything is incinerated around them. But their posture is very playful. So for me, that can be quite emotional because you don't really know… It does two things. You wonder about them, their backstory, who they are and why they are there, but then it's also just an image that hopefully strikes you, that you might like to sit with afterwards, which is probably the thing that I'm most like drawn to. We're just trying to create images that stick with people.