NY cinema goers receive warm Irish welcome from Liam Neeson

Saturday, March 6

By Ciarán Mather

Film star Liam Neeson, best known for his leading roles in Taken and Schindler's List, personally greeted everyone who attended a cinema showing of his latest film last night.

The 68-year-old, who has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, thanked the lucky audience members for their support before the premiere of his latest film, The Marksman, at the AMC Lincoln Square theatre in New York City.

While cinemas have reopened in New York, they are only operating at a 25 per cent capacity, with a maximum of 50 people in each screening room.

Speaking on the event earlier this week, the Ballymena native told The Hollywood Reporter (THR): 'This is one for the diary.' 

'It will be nice to welcome people. I think going to the cinema is a bit of a sacred experience; I've felt that way since I was a kid.'

THR also reported that with President Joe Biden's announcement earlier this week that every adult can be vaccinated by the end of May, the National Research Group survey showed consumers feeling far more optimistic about returning to cinemas in the next few months.

The Marksman stars Neeson as a retired Marine named Jim, who now lives as a rancher along the Arizona-Mexican border. 

However, when a young boy hunted down by a cartel seeks his help, he agrees to protect the boy at any cost.

The film is directed by frequent Clint Eastwood collaborator Robert Lorenz, who has been nominated for three Academy Awards thanks to his producing work on three Eastwood-helmed films: Mystic River, Letters from Iwo Jima and American Sniper.

He made his directorial debut in 2012 with Trouble with the Curve, which also starred Eastwood in the lead role.

AMC is the largest cinema chain in the US and has 13 branches in New York.