Liam Neeson Says He’s Done Making Action Movies and I Won’t Stand for It

SourceLiam Neeson left many of his fans disappointed after saying he’s done making thrillers.

Neeson said in a new interview that he plans to stop even though it’s hard to turn down the lucrative offers he gets thanks to his box-office success in the three “Taken” films, as well as other thrillers. Neeson believes he’s simply getting too old to be an action hero.

“The thrillers, that was all a pure accident,” said Neeson. “They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. I’m like, ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-f–king-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go, ‘Come on.'”

Neeson still has two upcoming revenge thrillers he’s already shot: “Hard Powder,” in which he plays a snowplow driver who faces off with drug dealers, and “The Commuter,” with director Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Neeson in “Unknown,” ”Non-Stop” and “Run All Night.”

But, Neeson said, those will be his last.

Well isn’t this the butt end of a pistol to the back of the neck. Liam Neeson, the man who rescued the mindless action movie genre going all the way back to 1990’s Darkman thinks he can hang up the gun just like that? And why? Because he thinks audiences don’t want to see a 70 year old man roundhouse kicking henchmen and snapping human traffickers’ forearms in two? Bullshit.

We’ll let Liam Neeson know when he’s too old to be shooting guys through walls and changing pistol cartridges mid-air in slo-mo. And until that time comes, he’ll have to stay right where he is: Torturing low level operatives to find out who they work for and working his way up the food chain of the shadowy Eastern European underworld.

Liam Neeson has a certain set of skills. Skills he’s acquired over a long career of action films. Skills that will be wasted on ensemble romcoms named after holidays and playing the grandpa in family comedies where wackiness ensues as the dog chases an animal under the giant table set up for the big wedding. And to prove the point, here’s my ranking of his greatest action roles:

1. The Taken Trilogy
2. Batman Begins
3. Gangs of New York
4. The Grey
5. A-Team
6. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (Don’t laugh. He and Ewan McGregor were the only things NOT wrong with it.)
7. K:19: The Widowmaker
8. Darkman
9. Battleship (Way better than it has any right to be.)
10. Ted 2

This cannot be the end of a resume that impressive. So I’ll be encouraging everyone to go see Hard Powder as many times as possible. Any movie about a geriatric, crime fighting vigilante snowplow driver deserves its own cinematic universe.

@jerrythornton1

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