Back in 2012, I reported that Hollywood actor Liam Neeson was reportedly contemplating becoming a Muslim.
Now, three years down the track, he’s confirmed it’s not going to happen.
The “Taken 3” star confirmed he has no plans to leave his Roman Catholic beliefs despite reports that he considered converting to Islam while filming in Turkey.
Neeson set the record straight at the “Taken 3” premiere Monday night inDubai.
“No, I’m not converting,” Neeson said in an interview with Al Arabiya News.
The original conversion rumors first came about in a 2012 The Sun article, and were recently resurfaced by The Daily Mail.
In the interview, the Oscar nominee told The Sun that during his time filming “Taken 2” in Turkey the Islamic prayer “got him into the spirit.”
“The call to prayer happens five times a day, and for the first week, it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit, and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing. There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning, and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim,” Neeson reportedly told The Sun.
The 62-year-old clarified to Al Arabiya News that he did not have a religious awakening, but rather learned to enjoy the Islamic prayer, which “was an annoyance because it was waking me up. But later I looked forward to it every day.”
But try telling that to the Daily Mail, who seem to be way behind the news cycle.