Taken Star Liam Neeson Says He's Finished With Action Movies


Audiences won't be able to see Liam Neeson's very particular set of skills on the big screen for much longer: The actor says he's retiring from action movies.

"They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff", Neeson said of the action offers he receives.

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

After a brief sojourn with Blake Lively, a giant shark, and a humorously-named seagull in last year's The Shallows, Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra has returned to his one true muse, Liam Neeson, for his newest film. Regardless, it was the kind of role that makes an entire career: Presumably a career of similar prestige dramas. 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.

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Kudos to Neeson, who milked the resulting fame for everything it was worth, appearing in self-parodies of Taken and as many other high-profile action movies as he could.

Fans of Neeson action work don't need to worry just yet, as there are still two more action movies to come from the Ballymena native. These included the likes of The Grey, The A-Team and Non-Stop, along with the ubiquitous Taken sequels.

However, speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival Neeson confirmed that his days as an action hero are coming to an end as he believes he is getting too old for thrillers. While at TIFF for Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, the actor explained "The thrillers, that was all a pure accident", said Neeson. The film is out in theaters on September 29.