Today’s generation prefers replacing to repairing: Liam Neeson

Veteran actor Liam Neeson, who has impressed movie lovers worldwide with his work in films like Schindler’s List and Taken, says today’s generation prefers replacing the older items to repairing them. And it worries him.

“Overall, I feel today’s generation prefers to replace older items rather than repair them. I’m pretty old-fashioned in that sense. They just don’t fix things anymore. It gives me a cause for worry,” Neeson, who has been in the film industry for almost four decades, told IANS in an email interview.

The actor’s latest film, Silence, released in India recently – a country that reminds him of diversity, depth of culture, and yoga.

Directed by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, the film is based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo. It narrates the story of two Christian missionaries who face the ultimate test of faith. Neeson says that he had to face a lot of internal convincing to do a film which questions religious faith.

“I was interested in Silence because of where I was in my own life, with questions and thoughts about god, faith, science, and everything else. I had to do a lot of internal convincing first. I don’t believe you can really have deep faith without deep doubt. It goes hand in glove. I’m convinced of that now,” Neeson said.

“The role (in Silence) had such an impact on me that even after the film wrapped up, I found myself digging deeper into science journals about how the brain processes faith and religion. The film also gave me a greater appreciation of the faith I was taught as a child. My mother was a devout Catholic and I’m quite envious that there hasn’t been a single day she has missed Mass."

“I question it more now as I don’t accept all the things we were taught as kids. I do still believe in it, but I like to encompass all religions now. I believe we’re all paying homage to God. My experience while filming Silence has raised even more questions for me, but I feel it is a good thing when it comes to faith. But I have no answers really. Silence is a tough sell. We’re not a spiritual society anymore,” he added.

Having said that Neeson adds that a new wave of cinema is tackling world issues and giving powerful political messages right now.