Actor Liam Neeson has denied long-running rumours suggesting he considered converting to Islam after filming scenes for Taken 2 in Turkey.

In a 2012 interview with Britain's The Sun newspaper, the Northern Irish star revealed hearing the Muslim call to prayer five times a day while shooting in Istanbul initially "drives you crazy" but later "gets into your spirit" and even made him "think about becoming Muslim."

The comments sparked rumours that Neeson was leaving his Roman Catholic roots to devote himself to Islam, but he has now refuted the suggestion, telling Al Arabiya News, "No, I'm not converting (to Islam). But I did kind of follow up to that (call to) prayer at the time. It's funny, the first three or four days there it was an annoyance because it was waking me up. But later I looked forward to it every day."

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