Skynews – Liam Neeson has put aside his “special set of skills” and announced he is retiring from thrillers due to his age.
He may have enjoyed box office success in the Taken franchise and other action-packed movies, but the Irish star says he wants to focus on more serious roles.
At the Toronto International Film Festival, he said the unlikely turn in his career towards thrillers was “all a pure accident”.
Neeson added: “They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff.
Thank fucking god. Listen I love Taken as much as anyone. The sequels are trash but the original was a surprise hit and better than 90% of the action movies out there. But let’s face the facts, the guy is 65 and can’t really do any of the stunts anymore which is why we get shitty scenes cut like this:
It took them 15 fucking cuts to show him going over a fence! And he didn’t even do it smoothly – he hoisted his old ass over like an overweight kid escaping fat camp and then fell face first in the dirt. If you need to cut a fence jump 15 times to make it look halfway decent (it wasn’t) then it’s time to hang up your action star belt*. I for one hope this means he goes back to doing dramatic roles as many people forget he crushes it when he actually has a good script to work with (see: Schindler’s List – this little indie project he did awhile back or for something more recent he was amazing in his scenes in last year’s Silence). PLUS he’s ending his action career with what might possibly be the best action movie ever: Hard Powder. Oh what’s Hard Powder you ask? Well check out the synopsis and tell me it doesn’t sound amazing:
A snowplow driver seeks revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son.
ONLY way I’ll admit that’s not the most amazing premise for an action movie is if they totally drop the ball and we don’t get a scene with him mumbling the Mr. Plow theme to himself while killing drug dealers.
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*If you look into the story of why he does all these action films it’s actually heartbreaking. His wife passed away and so he started taking all the roles since they were so physically challenging that by the end of each day he was too tired to really think about his deceased wife and used it as a coping mechanism. So if he decides he needs to do more roles like it to help him cope again then I’ll support the guy.