Liam Neeson shocked to learn son Micheál Richardson auditioned for role alongside him

Micheál Richardson doesn’t want to rely on his dad Liam Neeson when it comes to his acting career (Picture: Rex)

Liam Neeson was stunned to learn that his son Micheál Richardson had to audition for a role alongside his famous father.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show via video link, 25-year-old Micheál explained that he didn’t want to be ‘handed the part’ in Amazon Prime Video’s new comedy-drama, Made In Italy, because Liam is his dad.

However, the audition news came as a shock to Liam, 68, who replied: ‘You auditioned? I didn’t know that!’

Richardson is one of Liam’s two sons with his late wife, Natasha, who died aged 45 following a skiing accident in 2009.

In the movie, Neeson plays artist Robert, returning to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Richardson) to sell a house they have inherited from Robert’s late wife.

Speaking of their roles in the movie, Liam explained: ‘We can very much relate to that. When I read the script, I thought, “Oh my gosh, this is a bit near the knuckle“.

Micheal Richardson (left on TV screen) and Liam Neeson appear on The Graham Norton Show (Picture: Matt Crossick/PA)
The 25-year-old didn’t want to be handed the part because Liam is his dad (Picture: REX)

‘I felt a churning in the gut, but I thought it would be great to do and to do it with my son.

‘We had such a delicate producer and such a supportive crew that we felt wonderfully comfortable.”

When asked what it was like growing up with famous parents, Micheal joked that it was ‘traumatising at the age of five seeing my dad sliced in half by a lightsabre or blown up in an explosion, and also kissing somebody else – as a kid I thought it was CGI or some Hollywood effect.’

Neeson plays Robert, returning to Italy with estranged son Jack (Richardson) to sell a house they inherited from Robert’s late wife (Picture: Amazon Prime)

Meanwhile, Micheal was recently announced to star in the Kevin McCann directed drama film, The Rising: 1916.

He will join the likes of Killing Eve’s Fiona Shaw, Luther’s David O’Hara and Humans star Colin Morgan in the new venture.

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday at 10.55pm and is also available on BBC iPlayer.

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