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Father and Nee-son Liam Neeson's son Micheal Richardson says he didn't want to be 'handed' movie role alongside dad

Appearing via video, Neeson said of playing a father-son duo who have lost a wife and mother: "We can very much relate to that.

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Liam Neeson and Micheàl Richardson are making a film together.

Liam Neeson and Micheàl Richardson are making a film together.

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Liam Neeson and Micheàl Richardson are making a film together.

Liam Neeson's son has said he auditioned for a role alongside his famous father "for his own dignity".

Neeson (68) and Micheál Richardson appear together in Amazon Prime Video's comedy drama Made In Italy.

Richardson (25) is one of Neeson's two sons with his late wife Natasha Richardson, who died aged 45 in 2009 after a skiing accident.

"I auditioned for the part for my own dignity. I didn't just want to be handed the part because he's my dad," Richardson told The Graham Norton Show.

Neeson replied: "You auditioned? I didn't know that!"

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Graham Norton talks to Micheal Richardson (left) and his father, Liam Nesson, on his BBC chat show (Matt Crossick/PA Wire)

Graham Norton talks to Micheal Richardson (left) and his father, Liam Nesson, on his BBC chat show (Matt Crossick/PA Wire)

Graham Norton talks to Micheal Richardson (left) and his father, Liam Nesson, on his BBC chat show (Matt Crossick/PA Wire)

Made In Italy sees Neeson play artist Robert, who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack, played by Richardson, to sell a house they have inherited from Robert's late wife.

Appearing via video, Neeson said of playing a father-son duo who have lost a wife and mother: "We can very much relate to that.

"When I read the script I thought, 'Oh my gosh, this is a bit near the knuckle'.

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

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Liam Neeson was married to Micheal Richardson’s mother, Natasha, who died following a skiing accident in 2009 (Matt Crossick/PA)

Liam Neeson was married to Micheal Richardson’s mother, Natasha, who died following a skiing accident in 2009 (Matt Crossick/PA)

Liam Neeson was married to Micheal Richardson’s mother, Natasha, who died following a skiing accident in 2009 (Matt Crossick/PA)

"It was cathartic in a way - the way in which art sometimes can be.

"There were some very delicate emotional scenes, and I could access the emotion without any problem, I didn't need days to build up to it and I thought Micheál would be the same.

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

Natasha, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, married Neeson in 1994.

She was a renowned actress in her own right, starring in films including Nell and Maid In Manhattan.

Asked about growing up with famous parents, Micheál said he had watched their movies, but it was "kind of 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."

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