Why Chris wants to be like Liam
CHRIS O’DOWD fancies himself as an action star and reckons he could handle the films that Liam Neeson passes on.
While promoting his new TV show, Get Shorty – in which he plays a mob enforcer – he explained how he prepared for the role. ‘I worked on my posture, and I did loads of boxing training before I took on the job, so that I could have a slightly different physicality,’ he said. ‘I think I’m going to get offered everything that Liam Neeson turns down. That would still be brilliant. Bring it!’
In an interview with film website, Collider.com, he added: ‘It would never occur to me to do this, and then go, “I wonder what other crime movies are around”. I definitely want to do something very different.’
O’Dowd’s new show is a TV adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel previously made into a film with John Travolta and Gene Hackman. In the new TV version, O’Dowd reprises Travolta’s enforcer role and Ray Romano is the Hackman character, a washed-up movie producer.
The story follows O’Dowd’s character, Miles Daly, as he tries to make a movie using the same persuasion techniques he uses for the mob.
ACTION mAN: Neeson
mOB ROLE: O’Dowd