Set for the White House? Liam Neeson tipped to break into politics
Is Liam Neeson trying to break into politics?
The Ballymena-born Hollywood star has been particularly vocal on a range of subjects recently, from gun control in the US to the welfare of New York's Central Park horses - and he has even been advising young men not to consider marriage until they are at least in their mid-thirties.
Neeson, now 62, recently announced he would be quitting action roles within the next two years, prompting speculation in America that he could move onto the political stage.
Former Ballymena mayor PJ McAvoy, who knows Neeson well, is convinced he would make an articulate, popular politician on either side of the Atlantic.
Neeson, of course, wouldn't be the first A-list actor to move into politics and would be following the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood and Ronald Reagan in the US and Glenda Jackson in the UK.
"Living in a metropolis like New York, going into politics is something that could be brought to his attention," said Mr McAvoy.
"Especially with his personality; a lot of politicians go in on the basis of their personality.
"He's one of the most popular actors in the world at the moment, there's no doubt about it. His movies have been great box office successes."
Mr McAvoy believes this could be the ideal time for Neeson to go off in a new direction, now that he has got his life back on track following the tragic death of his wife Natasha six years ago.
"In the aftermath of his wife's death, it was a different world for him," the ex-councillor said.
"The only thing that mattered was raising his two sons and getting them through their education. That was basically what he was endeavouring to get done. But they're in their late teens now.
"It wouldn't surprise me if he went into politics because I feel it could be in his nature to want to help people. He's that sort of person. And obviously within the context of that there's a very broad scope to be able to do something of that nature.