Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Liam Neeson is not becoming a Muslim

Well, that’s my guess. There have been few more peculiar examples of the gossip machine working in overdrive than the recent minor furore surrounding Liam Neeson’s imminent conversion to Islam. Here’s what happened. The great man, currently an unlikely action hero, …

Sun, Jan 29, 2012, 22:08

   

Well, that’s my guess. There have been few more peculiar examples of the gossip machine working in overdrive than the recent minor furore surrounding Liam Neeson’s imminent conversion to Islam. Here’s what happened. The great man, currently an unlikely action hero, was discussing a recent shoot in Istanbul. The controversial phrase read as follows: “The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing. There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim.”

Now, I would regard the phrase “makes me think” as being wildly vague. What would it be like to convert to Islam? Isn’t that an interesting notion? Those sorts of things. Before the ink was dry, however, it had been decided that our Liam was making the plunge. There were front-page headlines in the tabloids, rage on the internet and a column in Irish Central generously allowing that Neeson had “the full right to embrace Islam“.

Of course, there’s every chance that I could be proved wrong. But, even if that turns out to be the case, the story does demonstrate the hilarious way tiny phrases can generate hilarious amounts of wild speculation. Heck, I’m sure I’ve done it myself from time to time.

Just think how good Tom Cruise’s skin still looks. Doesn’t John Travolta seem like a nice man? It makes me think of converting to Scientology..