The director of Liam Neeson’s new film has praised the star’s dedication to finishing the movie after his wife’s sudden death during shooting.
Neeson was working on the film 'Chloe' when Natasha Richardson suffered fatal head injuries during a skiing lesson in March of this year.
The death of the 'Maid In Manhattan' star, daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, shocked the movie and theatre industry.
Director Atom Egoyan said the tragedy affected the production “in a profound way”, but said returning to work was “the best thing” the actor could have done.
Egoyan said: “I think what was remarkable was that he did come back and was so professional and so dedicated to the film.
“It was astonishing, and yet that old adage is absolutely true – the show does go on. And I think in some ways it was the best thing he could have done, to be back with people who supported him in a working environment. We were so blessed by his determination to finish the film.”
The acting couple were married since 1994 and had two teenage sons, Michael and Daniel.
Neeson flew from the Toronto film set to be by his wife’s side when he heard news of her accident on March 16. She died in hospital two days later.
Egoyan said filming was not suspended after the accident.
'Chloe', which also stars Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried, is being shown as part of the London Film Festival.