The night saw Neeson receive the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award from President Higgins.
Host Deirdre O'Kane even made a joke about his lovely date for the evening, saying he clearly was "taken". It's amazing how far a simple bunch of picked flowers will go in a lady's life, I find." His statement got the world of showbiz wondering who the lucky lady was - but days later, Neeson claimed it was all a joke.
“I’d embarrass her if I said her name, she’s incredibly famous.
I’ll have to do my best for her.” After the quote was published, the Internet lit up with people guessing who the famous female was, with names such as Angela Merkel and Queen Elizabeth being bandied about.
I’m fitter than I’ve ever been in my life so that has to count for something.
Although the pair arrived separately, she was sitting beside Neeson (63) at the glitzy awards ceremony, sharing the VIP table with President Michael D Higgins and movie director Neil Jordan.
Liam will be reprising his role as super dad Bryan Mills, former CIA agent who rescues his family from dangerous situations.
One source close to Neeson said Freya was looking to settle down and for Liam to spend more time in London with her and her children but that Liam was eager to stay in New York and spend extra time with his own sons.His wife only died three years ago, he wants to take things slow.”, directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on the story of two Portuguese priests who go on an adventure to Japan to preach about Christianity. Neeson spoke about the expectations Scorsese had for his character and reasons for his weight loss.“Martin requires this level of dedication and I think it pays off.But it turns out the 63-year-old star was just having a bit of a laugh.“He was joking with an Irish journalist while conducting an interview promoting a documentary, and the humorous tone of that statement did not translate in the printed version of the interview,” said Neeson’s rep to People.