Liam Neeson Announces to Retire From Action Movies

Posted 2017/09/12 1931 0

Liam Neeson says his days as an action hero are over!


Neeson proved a major box office drawcard while starring in three Taken movies, where he played a former CIA operative who is forced to use his past training to track down various members of his family when they are snatched by human traffickers. He may have enjoyed box office success in the Taken franchise and other action-packed movies, but the Irish star says he wants to focus on more serious roles. Speaking about his new drama “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” with Sky News at the Toronto International Film Festival, he says he’s ready to say goodbye to his action film persona and admits this late career action man phase was a ‘pure accident’:

“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.

"I've shot one that's going to come out in January sometime. There might be another. That's it," said Neeson. "But not 'Taken,' none of that franchise stuff."

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House is an American biographical spy thriller film directed and written by Peter Landesman. The film is based on the true events about an FBI agent, Mark Felt, who became an anonymous source ("Deep Throat") for reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and helped them in the investigation which led them to the Watergate scandal. The film stars Liam Neeson as Felt, with Diane Lane, Tony Goldwyn and Maika Monroe in supporting roles. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2017 and is scheduled to be released on September 29, 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics.