Liam Neeson has been mostly promoting “Taken 2” on his talk-show tour, but decided to take a break from talking shop to get (nearly) naked for a cause even closer to his heart.
The 60-year-old hunk paid a visit to “Ellen” on Monday (wearing nothing but a pink robe and matching undies), stripped down to his knickers and climbed into a dunk tank. The Irish star agreed to go buff (and get soaking wet) on national television to help raise awareness – and a whopping $20,000 – for breast cancer research.
“You are setting the bar high [for] whoever follows you,” DeGeneres said as Neeson prepared for the stunt.
Adding even more charm to the moment was the fact that the audience member chosen to throw balls at the tank’s target was a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago and is now cancer free.
The host's dunking tank is just one of a number of fundraising pursuits DeGeneres is spearheading during Breast Cancer Awareness month to bring in money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Liam Neeson raised $20,043 wearing this outfit. $20,000 from Shutterfly, and $43 in singles stuck in his spe instagr.am/p/QQSmBptjKZ/— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 2, 2012
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Click through the slideshow below to read about celebs who have fought breast cancer and are fighting for a cure.
Eleven years after beating breast cancer, Betsey Johnson continues to meld two of her defining passions--fighting the disease and creating eye-popping fashion pieces. This year, when you buy <a href="http://www.betseyjohnson.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=4399322" target="_hplink">Johnson's $150 "Breast Cancer Awareness Bundle," </a>you'll get a tank, tote, gloves and two pairs of socks that boast, "I'm a survivor!" and help support <a href="http://www.cfda.com/fashion-targets-breast-cancer-overview/" target="_hplink">Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.</a> For an even sweeter treat, dig into her <a href="http://www.betseyjohnson.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=4399322" target="_hplink">signature ice cream sundae</a> at the famed NYC eatery, Serendipity, to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and the Weill Cornell Breast Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
After undergoing a double mastectomy in 2008, Christina Applegate <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/18/christina-applegate-100-c_n_119732.html " target="_hplink">vowed to "have cute boobs" until she's 90</a> and to make sure that all women, no matter their financial situation, have access to critical cancer screenings and care. The "Samantha Who?" star kept good on her promise and founded <a href="http://www.rightactionforwomen.org/" target="_hplink">Right Action For Women</a>, a nonprofit that educates women about what it means to be at "high risk" for breast cancer and provides aid to those who can't afford life-saving screenings. Want to help? Donate <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/eif/site/Donation2?1543.donation=form1&df_id=1543" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Even before this nine-time Grammy award winner was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, she was advocating for its victims, <a href="http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20411904,00.html" target="_hplink">Health.com reports</a>. Now that Sheryl Crow's defeated the disease, she's ensuring that others have the same opportunity to do the same. Last year, Crow helped found <a href="http://www.pinklotusbreastcenter.com/sheryl-crow-imaging-center/" target="_hplink">the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center</a>, in conjunction with L.A.'s <a href="http://www.pinklotusbreastcenter.com/" target="_hplink">Pink Lotus Breast Center</a>, which offers the latest advancements in digital screening and diagnostic imaging technologies. Dedicated exclusively to preventing and treating breast cancer, the center is the only one of its kind in the country and it also provides free treatment to uninsured women. Want to help a patient in need? Donate <a href="http://www.pinklotuspetals.org/" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Cynthia Nixon is not only a breast cancer survivor; she's also the daughter of a two-time survivor. The Susan G. Komen spokeswoman <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXDMehuhNEI" target="_hplink">said in a testimonial</a>, "I feel like I have a very concrete story to tell. My story isn't just my story, it mine and my mother's story." Nixon's served as an ambassador for the foundation, which is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, since 2008. Want to help? Donate to the Susan G Komen Foundation <a href="https://secure.info-komen.org/site/Donation2?idb=0&df_id=5223&5223.donation=form1&scid=1041&itc=emoentpnt:7" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge is known for her symbolic anthem "I Run" and for her advocacy for breast cancer research. Her most recent contributions to the cause include donating a pink 12-string guitar from her summer tour, for which bidding is currently open at her site's <a href="http://www.melissaetheridge.com/pinkpage" target="_hplink">"Pink Page."</a> Want to help? Donate to organizations Etheridge supports <a href="http://www.melissaetheridge.com/pinkpage" target="_hplink">here.</a>
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