CINEMA: A STAR IS FINALLY BORN

IF SCHINDLER'S LIST PUT HIM ON THE MAP, MICHAEL COLLINS GIVES LIAM NEESON A MOVIE TO CALL HIS OWN

He was a man formed of charismatic muscle and countless contradictions. But the romantic profile cut by Irish rebel Michael Collins was not what gripped Liam Neeson so much as one enigmatic habit. "Here he was at one point the most hunted man in Europe," Neeson recounts, his subdued brogue suddenly acquiring crowded-pub volume, "and he stayed out in the open! The British looked for him in the shadows, and there he was wearing steel taps on his shoes, his walk a fierce click--always right there, always in your face."

Bold presence that goes unnoticed--now there is something Liam Neeson knows...

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