Liam Neeson and Russell Crowe Are Lifelong Friends With Their Horse Costars

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Russell Crowe in ‘Robin Hood’ (Universal)

Horses never forget someone they like, especially one who feeds them apples. Liam Neeson shared that a horse on the set of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” remembered him from an earlier film.

As he told Page Six about working on the Coen Brothers movie (which premieres in November on Netflix), “I play a traveling impresario. We filmed in New Mexico. The odd thing is the horse who pulls my wagon knew me. You won’t believe it. I’m saying this horse knew me. He actually remembered me from another Western we made a while back.” (He’s probably either referring to “A Million Ways to Die in the West” or “Seraphim Falls.”)

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Liam Neeson in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Netflix)

“He whinnied when he saw me, and pawed the ground.” Added Neeson, “I love animals. When we worked together before I took special care of him. I fed him treats. Gave him apples.”

Russell Crowe chimed in on Twitter to share that he’s had the same experience with horses.


“There’s a horse [named] George who I gave the speech in the forest in ‘Gladiator on,” Crowe tweeted. “Years later he was on the set of ‘Robin Hood’ and we would have a chat everyday.”

“Same with the white horse Rusty in ‘Robin Hood.’  We chatted again on ‘Les Mis’,” he added. “Lifelong friends.”

(The horse Maximus gives the speech to his army on in the film’s beginning is black: The one he rides during his first appearance the Rome arena, the “Carthage” battle, is white.)


Russell Crowe in “Gladiator’ (DreamWorks)

And the one he rides as Inspector Javert in “Les Miserables” is black or very dark brown.


Russell Crowe in “Les Miserables”

Here’s to these horse-loving actors!


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