Liam Neeson

  • Aired:  01/17/12
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Liam Neeson recalls working in whiteouts and below freezing weather during the making of his movie "The Grey." (6:17)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK, MY GUEST

TONIGHT, HIS NEW FILM IS CALLED

"GRAY."

>> WHAT WAS THAT?

>> IT WENT AT HIM.

HE PUT A DART... WHATEVER THAT

CHALLENGE WAS, HE ALSO PUT A

DART.

>> HOW ARE WE GOING TO DEAL WITH

THIS?

>> WE KILL HIM.

ONE AT A TIME.

TIP THE NUMBERS.

THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO US.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO

THE PROGRAM LIAM NEESON.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: THANK YOU FOR BEING

HERE.

I LIKE TO STAND VERY FAR AWAY TO

HEIGHTEN THE DISPARITY BETWEEN

OUR RELATIVE SIZES.

>> OH, SIT DOWN.

>> Jon: I LOOK LIKE SPROUT.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M OKAY, JOHN, YEAH.

YEAH.

>> Jon: I AM ALL FOR ACTORS

DOING THEIR OWN STUNTS, DOING

THESE THINGS.

THIS LOOKS LIKE THEY ACTUALLY

PUT YOU INTO THE VERY FROZEN AND

DESOLATE AREA.

>> IT WAS COLD, JON, IT WAS

COLD.

>> Jon: WHERE ARE YOU FILMING

THIS?

>> WE WERE UP IN... FOR A WEEK

AND A HALF UP IN A PLACE CALLED

SMITHERS UP IN NORTHERN

SUBARCTIC BRITISH COLUMBIA.

(ONE AUDIENCE MEMBER CHEERS).

>> Jon: NO, NO.

>> NO, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT,

EITHER.

>> Jon: NOBODY HERE FROM

SMITHERS.

(LAUGHTER)

THAT SOUNDS LIKE ONE OF THOSE

TOWNS THAT IS NAMED AFTER THE

PERSON WHO DIED TRYING TO GET

THERE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> MAYBE.

YOU KNOW, IT'S A POPULATION OF

5,000.

BEAUTIFUL LITTLE VILLAGE.

IN THREE FEET OF SNOW.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE IN

THE SPRING.

BUT IT'S GOT A GREAT SUSHI

RESTAURANT.

A GREAT PIZZA RESTAURANT.

ONE OF THE BEST SUSHI

RESTAURANTS I'VE EVER BEEN IN.

GO FIGURE.

>> Jon: THAT I CAN IMAGINE

BECAUSE THE FISH THERE IS

REMARKABLY FRESH.

OR DO THEY SHIP IT IN?

>> I THINK IT WAS CAUGHT.

>> Jon: IN THIS TOWN OF 5,000,

HOW DID THEY REACT TO THE

PRESENCE OF EIGHT MOVIE STARS

AND A FILM SET?

WERE YOU A CURIOSITY IN THE

TOWN?

WHERE THERE A RISE IN, LET'S

SAY, SAYS SCWAWCH SIGHTINGS.

>> WELL, I WASN'T ME.

>> Jon: WE'RE A LARGE MAN.

HOW DID THEY REACT TO YOU GUYS

COMING TO TOWN?

>> THEY WERE VERY SWEET, VERY

HELPFUL.

AND WE WERE SHOOTING UP THE SIDE

OF A MOUNTAIN.

ALL THE WEATHER CONDITIONS YOU

SEE IN THE MOVIE.

THERE'S NO C.G.I . IT'S ALL

REAL.

SNOW, REAL SLEET.

REAL WIND.

SO AT TIMES...

>> Jon: THEY GOT THEIR SLEET.

>> SO THERE WERE TIMES WHEN THEY

SAID "YOU'VE GOT TO GET OFF THE

MOUNTAIN, THE WIND'S COMING IN."

AND WE'D GO "NO, TRUST US."

SO THERE WERE TIMES COMING DOWN

THE MOUNTAIN IT WAS WHITES YOU.

IT WAS QUITE DANGEROUS.

>> Jon: AND YOU THOUGHT TO

YOURSELF NEXT TIME WE LISTEN TO

THE PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THE LOCALS KNOW.

NEXT TIME WE DO IN THE A TAHITI.

>> Jon: NOT AS MANY WOLVES,

UNFORTUNATELY.

IS THERE EVER A MOMENT... THE

STORY IS ABOUT A PLAIN THAT

CRASHES AND THESE MEN TRYING TO

SURVIVE IN THE WILDERNESS.

>> THE PLANE MALL FUNCTIONS.

>> Jon: CRASH, OBVIOUSLY YOU

AND I PILOTS BOTH.

(LAUGHTER)

>> YEAH, SURE.

>> Jon: WAS THERE EVER A

MOMENT WHEN YOU'RE GOING THERE

AND YOU'RE THINKING "LOOK AT US,

FLYING TO A REMOTE FROZEN REGION

GOING TO A MOVIE TO FILM ABOUT

FLYING IN A REMOTE FROZEN

REGION."

AND DID YOU EVER THINK TO

YOURSELF "THIS IS GOING TO BE

THE MOST IRONIC OBITUARY?"

(LAUGHTER)

>> THE DAY AFTER WE FINISHED IN

SMITHERS, I'M TALKING

TEMPERATURES MINUS 30, MINUS 37

THE FIRST FEW DAYS.

THE DAY AFTER WE FINISHED IN

THAT LOCATION WE WERE ALL FLYING

OUT IN A CHARTER AIRPLANE, ALL

THE CREW, ALL THE CAST, AND

WE'RE ALL SITTING THERE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> (BLEEP).

>> Jon: THAT'S NERVE-WRACKING.

>> "TRAGEDY STRUCK HOLLYWOOD

TODAY."

>> Jon: THE TOWNSPEOPLE, AS

YOU WERE LEAVING WAS IT... LET'S

SAY THE FALL OF SAIGON?

WERE PEOPLE RUNNING FOR THE

PLANE TO TRY AND GO WITH?

>> GIRLS AND...

>> Jon: PREGNANT GIRLS.

>> NOTHING LIKE THAT.

>> Jon: WHAT DOES THE

INDUSTRY... IS IT A FISHING

VILLAGE?

WHAT IS THE INDUSTRY?

>> IT SEEMS TO BE TOURISM.

A LOT OF FISHING.

>> Jon: I'M SORRY, I THOUGHT

YOU SAID TOURISM?

IT'S A TOURIST TOWN?

>> IT'S A TOURIST TOWN, YES.

>> Jon: SO YOU FLY INTO THIS

DESOLATE REGION CALLED SMITHERS

IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND THE

FIRST THING YOU ENCOUNTER IS

LIKE A T-SHIRT SHOP.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THERE'S A FEW OF THEM.

>> Jon: IF I GO TO THE

PIZZERIA IN SMITHERS HOW MANY

PICTURES DO I SEE OF THE PIZZA

SHOP OWNERS WITH HIS ARM AROUND

LIAM NEESON?

(LAUGHTER)

>> THERE MIGHT BE TWO OR THREE.

>> Jon: THE WHOLE WALL IS JUST

COVERED.

LIAM NEESON EATING A SLICE.

>> SNOW GOOSE, YOU KNOW?

>> Jon: ANY FIRE... ANY FROZEN

RELATED INJURIES?

>> OH, WE HAD... THERE WAS A

COUPLE OF THE CAST, SOME OF THE

CREW GOT FROSTBITE.

>> Jon: THEY'RE OUT THERE 16

HOURS WITH THE FILM AND

CANISTERS.

>> NOT 16 HOURS.

YOU COULDN'T DO IT, JON.

BY THE TIME WE GOT UP THE

MOUNTAIN WE HAD MAYBE FOUR AND A

HALF HOURS OF FILMING BEFORE THE

SUN WENT DOWN.

>> Jon: YOU COULDN'T DO IT.

(LAUGHTER)

MY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MUCH THROUGH

MUCH, MY FRIEND.

(LAUGHTER)

"THE GREY" I DON'T WANT TO TELL

PEOPLE WHAT HAPPENS.

IT'S VERY... NO REAL WOLVES IN

THE... IT'S... I MEAN THE

REAL...

>> THERE WAS A COUPLE BUT

THERE'S VERY LITTLE C.G.I . IT

WAS A LOT OF ANIMATRONICS.

>> Jon: IT LOOKS FOR REAL.

BUT NOT FOR YOU.

>> OH, YEAH.

>> Jon: THERE'S A LIAM NEESON

PUPPET, YOU CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE

IT.

"THE GREY" OPENS IN THEATERS

JANUARY 27.

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