I compare Liam Neeson’s action roles to The Hangover trilogy. At first you’re like this is so badass. Then, you see another and it becomes tiring. Toss in a few more and you see why the law of diminishing returns has hit the ‘particular-set-of-skills’ actor.
One thing that didn’t diminish was his bank account. Studios broke the bank to recreate the magic of the first Taken. If I had my wish, we’d get one more Taken. No, nothing with his daughter. Use his CIA buddies for some serious ass-kicking.
According to Neeson, he says he probably has two more years of action roles in him. At 62, that’s not exactly a surprise. “Maybe two more years. If God spares me and I’m healthy,” Neeson was quoted as saying. “But after that, I’ll stop (the action) I think.”
Before you think he’s disappointed in his career path, that’s not it at all. It is ‘enough is enough.’ Judging by box office receipts, audiences are agreeing.
“I’m in a very, career-wise, great place,” Neeson said. “The success of certainly the ‘Taken’ films, Hollywood seems to see me in a different light. I get sent quite a few action-oriented scripts, which is great. I’m not knocking it. It’s very flattering. But there is a limit, of course.”
Liam Neeson in Run All Night
Before he hangs up his skillset, he still has Run All Night. Think Taken set stateside, but he’s saving his son. Sorry Maggie Grace, maybe in Taken 4 you can toss a few grenades around.
In the film, he plays a former mob hit man on the run from his boss. Plenty of action and Liam Neeson. Maybe not a theater watch, but when it hits Netflix, sign me up. It debuts this friday, March 13.
For the rest of Neeson season in 2015, you can catch the actor in Ted 2 (June 26). In 2016, he will appear in the Martin Scorsese period drama, Silence, and the dramatic fantasy film, A Monster Calls.
Run All Night Trailer
And for those wanting a laugh, here’s the honest trailer for Taken. Definitely one of my favorites from the Screen Junkies crew.