Thursday 16 August 2018

'They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff' - Liam Neeson says he's done with action movies

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

We never thought this day would come...

Liam Neeson has announced he is retiring from action movies.

The 65-year-old Irish star has enjoyed almost a decade as the go-to older action hero in Hollywood for a series of films, kicking off with Taken in 2008.

That fast-paced, slightly cheesy outing saw him first deliver the "particular set of skills speech" which became a meme and was parodied multiple times.

He also starred in Taken 2 and 3 and A Walk Among the Tombstones as well as Run All Night.

However, he now says he wants to focus on more serious roles after the "pure accident" that was his run of thrillers.

Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival he added, "They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff".

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.

"I'm like: 'Guy's I'm sixty-f******-five.' Audiences are eventually going to go: 'Come on.'"

However, he has filmed two more action flicks which will hit the big screen this year.

Hard Powder sees him play a snowplough driver who goes head to head with drug dealers and he also stars in the Commuters.

Next up is something a little more cerebral.  Opening at Toronto is Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House. 

He plays FBI official Deep Throat who was the Washington Post's source for Watergate.

Neeson will also have a role in Steve McQueen's new flick Windows.

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