Liam Neeson says his days as an action hero are over
TORONTO: Special set of skills or not, Liam Neeson says he’s finished making thrillers.
In an interview, Neeson said that he plans to stop even though it’s hard to turn down the lucrative offers he gets thanks to his boxoffice success in the three “Taken” films, as well as other thrillers. Neeson believes he’s simply getting too old to be an action hero.
“The thrillers, that was all a pure accident,” Neeson said. “They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. I’m like, ‘Guys I’m sixty-f---ing-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go, ‘Come on.’”
Neeson still has two upcoming revenge thrillers he’s already shot – “Hard Powder” and “The Commuter.” Neeson has reassured the Associated Press that those titles will be his last.
“I’ve shot one that’s going to come out in January sometime. There might be another. That’s it,” Neeson said. “But not ‘Taken,’ none of that franchise stuff.”
Instead, Neeson has turned back to dramatic work. His Watergate drama “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” was to premiere Monday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival. In it, he plays the high-ranking FBI official who was The Washington Post’s “Deep Throat” source in the scandal.
Neeson has also lined up to costar in “Widows,” by “Twelve Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen. In December, he starred in Martin Scorsese’s spiritual epic “Silence.”
Neeson was always surprised by the unlikely turn his career took beginning with 2009’s “Taken.” He thought the film, he once said, would go straight to video. The three “Taken” films have grossed $929.5 million worldwide. –