Neeson Got Hooked On Cigars Again During A-Team Filming

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July 18, 2010 | 9:40pm EST

Liam Neeson found working on the The A-Team a real drag – because he had to chomp on cigars despite turning his back on the habit 17 years ago.

The Irish star plays John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, the role made famous by George Peppard in the hit 1980s television show, in the blockbuster big screen remake.

The character famously smoked Havana cigars on all of The A-Team’s missions, and Neeson was pleased when he was handed fakes at the beginning of shooting, because he had worked hard to quit smoking years earlier.

But after the props were exchanged for the real thing, Neeson admits he got hooked again.

He tells Britain’s News of the World, “I’ve been off them for 17 years and I was very conscious of that. So the only thing I needed to prepare for was smoking a cigar.

“The props guys got me these amazing fake Cuban cigars but then I was given real ones. I said, ‘I can’t do this, I’m an addict.’ By day two of filming, I had discovered cigars again and I was in trouble. If we do a sequel, I think I’ll have to insist on rubber cigars.”