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Why Brave “The Grey”? Millions of Dollars, Says Liam Neeson (Video Interview)

Why Brave "The Grey"? Millions of Dollars, Says Liam Neeson (Video Interview)

What would entice Liam Neeson and director Joe Carnahan to endure the camera-and-butt-freezing conditions of a frigid shoot in British Columbia?  “Well, it was the millions I was paid,” Neeson laughed, which has to be one of those jokey answers with more than a hint of truth. The Grey is an adventure story about  men who survive a plane crash in a desolate snowy area, then have to figure out how not to be eaten by wolves – exactly the kind of high-voltage physical action movie Neeson has specialized in lately, following the mega-success of Taken.

He and Carnahan, who first worked together on The A Team, sat down together for our video chat to talk about the shoot, the cast  – including Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo and Dallas Roberts as other wolf-bait – and why Carnahan wanted the lurking (mostly animatronic) wolves to have what he calls a mythic quality. Because, as I point out, real wolves aren’t creepy enough?!

No one is pretending that The Grey is high art, even though Neeson’s character has a backstory that includes some lines of poetry. The film meets a different standard: you don’t have to be afraid of plane crashes, wolves, or blizzards for the movie to make you jump.

And here’s a look at what they’re talking about.

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