Dramatic-actor-turned-action-star Liam Neeson claims a horse he worked with on his latest film recognised him from a previous gig, with Russell Crowe backing up the story.
The ruggedly handsome Northern Irishman, who forged his reputation on powerful performances in movies such as Schindler’s List and Michael Collins before more recently reinventing himself as an ageing action hero, said at the New York Film Festival that his equine co-star in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs knew him from a Western they once worked on together.
“I play a traveling impresario. We filmed in New Mexico. The odd thing is the horse who pulls my wagon knew me,” he told Page Six.
Neeson said he made an impression on the horse through his kindness on an earlier film, possibly 2014’s A Million Ways to Die in the West or, at a stretch, 2006’s Seraphim Falls.
“You won’t believe it. I’m saying this horse knew me. He actually remembered me from another Western we made a while back,” revealed Neeson.
Neeson did not reveal the name of the horse, but said he knew it knew was him by the way it greeted him.
“He whinnied when he saw me, and pawed the ground,” he said, describing what many would consider to be standard horse behaviour.
Crowe backed up Neeson’s story on Twitter, saying he was lifelong friends with horses called George and Rusty.
Whether you believe the 66-year-old Neeson or think he may have spent too long playing make believe, there is no doubting Hollywood has a long history of fomenting relationships between its stars and their steeds.