Why Chris wants to be like Liam

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Barry Har­ti­gan

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

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