Liam Neeson stars in video to promote battle against cancer

Liam Neeson in Cancer Research video

Irish star Liam Neeson appears in a video to promote the ongoing battle against cancer alongside a host of other celebrities.

The Taken star declares that cancer is a ‘villain’ and a ‘tyrant’ and that now it is ‘payback time’ on the Stand up to Cancer video.

He appears alongside stars such as Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer, Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley on Downtown Abbey, and acting legend Lesley Manville.

Liam Neeson in Cancer Research video

Dockery says that cancer is ‘pure evil’.

Neeson hopes the campaign will resonate with people as the majority of us have known someone who has passed away due to cancer.

He said: “Everyone knows someone who’s experienced cancer, either a friend or a family member. I myself have had four relatives die from this horrible disease.

“You never want to see anyone go through it, but the reality is that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime.

“By acting now, we’ve got a far better chance of beating this disease in the future. That’s why we’ve got to keep raising money to support the research that will save lives.”

The video was a joint project between Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

Deborah James of the podcast ‘You, Me And The Big C’ lost her fellow presenter Rachael Bland, who was killed by the disease aged just 40, ealier this month

James said: “Rachael’s death from breast cancer two weeks ago has left Lauren (Mahon) and I heartbroken. She was only 40.

“But it only motivates me more to continue to talk and Stand Up To Cancer. This film really captures how I feel. I hope people will feel inspired to unite and raise lots of money.”

Take a look at the video below.

Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling