After the unexpected success of the first Taken movie, Liam Neeson became a legitimate action hero despite his age. Along with the Taken trilogy, Neeson spent the better part of the 2000's shooting bad guys and saving the day as a badass vigilante who audiences couldn't get enough of, but his gunslinging days are sadly coming to a close. Just recently, the actor announced his retirement from action movies, marking an end to the adrenalin-fueled phase of his illustrious acting career.
Neeson Talks About Retiring His Particular Set Of Skills
While attending the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF), #LiamNeeson revealed that his newfound fame as an aging action star was "all a pure accident," and that despite his wishes, producers are "still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff."
Due to his age, Neeson has opted to retire from any future action-thriller roles and instead focus on more serious roles, such as his turn in Martin Scorsese's historical drama Silence. A major factor behind the actor's decision to leave his lucrative gunslinging days behind was just how hard it was to believe that a senior citizen could run around a city while fending off fully-armed bad guys:
"I'm like: 'Guy's I'm sixty-fucking-five.' Audiences are eventually going to go: 'Come on.'"
Given how enjoyable Neeson's turn as an action star has been, his particular brand of thrills are going to be missed by fans of both the genre and the actor alike. But, if this means that the critically acclaimed actor will return to heavy dramatic roles, such as his beloved performance as Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List, then his retirement from the action genre is a bittersweet cause for celebration.
Neeson will wrap up his action-packed days in Hard Powder and The Commuter. In Hard Powder, Neeson plays a snowplough driver who fights drug dealers whereas in The Commuter, Neeson plays an insurance salesman who unwittingly gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.
Check out the trailer for The Commuter below:
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