Most Saturdays, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex on the Boston campus of Northeastern University is a quiet place. Students can be found studying and prospective students touring all six floors of classroom and research space.
This Saturday was not one of those days.
The bright lights and bustle of Hollywood filled parts of ISEC on November 5 with all eyes on Oscar-nominated Irish actor Liam Neeson, who spent much of the day filming a scene from film for his new action thriller, “Thug.”
Neeson arrived on set at dawn sporting a brown leather jacket over a black collared shirt, his Stanley-branded thermos in his right hand.
For Northeastern, it was a chance to show the world one of Boston’s finest buildings.
“This building always attracts talent, usually from academia, sometimes from Hollywood,” said Renata Nyul, vice president of communications at Northeastern. “It’s great to welcome Liam Neeson and his team to Northeastern and to have ISEC play a small role in his upcoming film.”
According to IMDB, Neeson’s latest film is about an aging mobster – Neeson is 70, after all – who tries to reconnect with his children and rectify the mistakes of his past, but the underworld doesn’t loosen its grip to its fullest. thank you.
Neeson was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Schindler’s List, but he’s best known as an action star, playing Bryan Mills in the series “Taken.” His other roles – and there are hundreds – include Qui-Gon Jinn in the “Star Wars” trilogy and Ra’s al Ghu in the “Batman” trilogy.
Neeson’s co-stars in “Thug” include Yolonda Ross, Ron Perlman and Daniel Diemer. Tony Gayton wrote the screenplay, while the film is directed by Hans Petter Moland, who also directed “Cold Pursuit”, with Neeson in 2019.
In addition to Northeastern, “Thug” also filmed scenes in other Massachusetts locations, including Winthrop and Boston’s North End and Allston neighborhoods.
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