Liam Nee­son says his days as an ac­tion hero are over

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - ARTS & CULTURE -

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. –

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