Liam Neeson: No, I'm Not Converting to Islam

Hollywood megastar puts rumor to rest after U.K. paper revives old quote about Islamic call to prayer getting 'into his spirit.'

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Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in a scene from the film "Taken 3."
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Hollywood megastar Liam Neeson squashed rumors that he was contemplating conversion to Islam during a visit to Dubai, Al Arabiya News reported Monday.

The Daily Mail last month revived an old story from 2012 that had appeared in fellow-U.K. newspaper The Sun that the Islamic call to prayer "got into his spirit" in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was filming "Taken 2."

The story went viral, prompting the 62-year-old actor from Northern Ireland to debunk the myth in an interview with Al Arabiya News.

“No, I'm not converting [to Islam]. But I did kind of follow up to that [call to] prayer at the time,” he said. “It’s funny; the first three or four days there it was an annoyance because it was waking me up. But later I looked forward to it every day.”

Neeson was in Dubai, his first visit to the emirate, attending the Middle East premiere of "Taken 3" on Monday.

Prior to the fan event, the 62-year-old actor chatted to media about the film franchise, working with Forest Whitaker and of course, converting to Islam.
According to Al Arabiya, Neeson's visit marks the first time a Hollywood actor has attended a Middle East film premiere outside of a film festival.

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