When you work alongside someone for a long period of time, it’s hard not to become close to them. The same goes for movie stars who work with horses!
Liam Neeson made headlines recently when he stated that the horse he partnered with on the Coen brothers’ new western recognized him from a previous film that they had both worked on. The actor stated in an interview with Page Six, “You won’t believe it. I’m saying this horse knew me. He actually remembered me from another western we made a while back. I love animals. When we worked together before I took special care of him. I fed him treats. Gave him apples…. He whinnied when he saw me. And pawed the ground.”
Neeson is not the only celebrity to express a strong bond with an equine co-star. Russell Crowe took to Twitter to share a similar story, “This is absolutely true. There’s a horse George who I gave the speech in the forest in Gladiator on. 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. Lifelong friends.”
Some actors have even gone on to purchase a horse they worked with, perhaps the most famous being Viggo Mortensen who bought three of the horses who starred in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Horses in Hollywood work harder than most people know, so it does a heart good to see how appreciated they are!