His credits at Dublin's Abbey Theatre include: in Lennie in "Of Mice and Men" based on the novel by John Steinbeck
(1980), "I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell" a new play by Bernard Farrell, "The Death of Humpty Dumpty" a new play by Graham Reid
, "Juno and the Paycock" by Sean O'Casey
, Shakespare's "The Winter's Tale" (all 1979), "...
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[on working with Julia Roberts
in Michael Collins
(1996)] I was surprised at first [when she was cast]. I thought, surely there's an actress in Ireland who can [play the role]; Neil [Jordan] doesn't need this star power. I thought maybe he was going to shoot himself in the foot. But she was very committed to doing it. I thought she was terribly good and I was very proud of her.
He recalled his most embarrassing moment in acting as when, relatively early in his career, he auditioned for the role of Fezzik, the giant in The Princess Bride
(1987). Director Rob Reiner
had a look of disgust on his face when he realized that Neeson was "only" six-feet-four. André the Giant
ended up getting the role.