When you think of Liam Neeson, chances are you think of Taken or one of his other iconic action film performances.
Those fight-or-die days might be coming to an end for the actor though.
In an interview with ET, the award-winning actor was asked if he thinks it’s time to wind down a bit.
“Oh, yeah. I think so. I’m 68 and a half. 69 this [June]” he said. “”There’s a couple more I’m going to do this year – hopefully, COVID allowing us – there’s a couple in the pipeline and, then I think that will probably be it. Well, unless I’m on a [walker] or something.
He might not be ready just yet though, as he admits he’d miss “beating up guys half my age.”
“I love doing them,” he says.
He recalls a recent fight scene where age caught up with him:
“I’ve just finished [Blacklight] in Australia and I had a fight scene with a kid – lovely, sweet actor called Taylor – and halfway through the fight I looked up, I was breathless and it didn’t cost him a cent, and I said, “Taylor, what age are you?” He said, “25.” I said, “That’s the age of my eldest son [Micheál Richardson]!”‘
Superheroes And Star Wars
It sounds like we have a few action films left to come from him yet, but Neeson has already sworn off superhero movies.
Despite this, he said he’d “call his agent” to see if director Patty Jenkins would like him to Diana Prince’s (Gal Gadot) father Zeus, in Wonder Woman 3.
“I wasn’t aware that the ancient Greek gods appeared in Wonder Woman. I have to say, much to my chagrin, I haven’t seen kind of the Wonder Woman movies” he admits. One of Neeson’s previous roles included the God of Thunder in Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans. It earned an impressive $493.2M at the box office in 2010, but only scores 27% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Earlier this week he told Collider that he’d be up for another Star Wars appearance, too. Neeson was asked about repeating his role as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn for the Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“Sure, I’d be up for that, yeah” he enthused.
His next big-screen appearance is as retired Marine-turned-rancher Jim Hanson in Robert Lorenz’s action thriller The Marksman. So far, the critics reviews haven’t been great.
The New York Times wrote: “The plot of “The Marksman,” a melancholy road movie starring Liam Neeson, could fit on a bullet casing, but a list of its clichés would require substantially more space.”
Another throwback film of Neeson’s has found a new lease of life over lockdown. In 2011 thriller Unknown, Neeson plays a professor whose identity is stolen. It recently became the most-watched film on Netflix, and Liam is pleased.
“I’m glad, because I thought it was a pretty cool film. In fact, we’re trying to get a TV series based on the premise of the story of Unknown” he says.
He says he wouldn’t star in the TV series though, preferring to produce. “So, it’s very flattering and it was lovely to hear that people have discovered this film after 10 years.”
Better late than never!
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