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

Liam Neeson

They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. He knows that it's just a matter of time before people lose their patience for that stuff, though. "I'm like, 'Guys I'm [65 years old].' Audiences are eventually going to go, 'Come on'".

While the news will certainly come as a disappointment to fans of Neeson's action roles, the actor has a pretty good reason for making the call to quit doing these particular types of movies. He can even do a clever riff on the iconic Taken speech, but he can be on the phone with a movie studio executive instead of a kidnapper.

Those of you distraught that Neeson won't be wielding a gun on-screen again can take comfort in the fact that he's already shot two revenge thrillers that are yet to be released.

The 65-year-old Irish star has enjoyed nearly a decade as the go-to older action hero in Hollywood for a series of films, kicking off with Taken in 2008. The latest installment of the franchise - Taken 3 - arrived in theaters in 2015.

The Commuter is set for a January 12, 2018 release, and while January is typically considered a dumping ground for bad movies, my hope is that this will serve as counter-programming to the unwatchable dreck that's normally in theaters at that time. "Hard Powder" will see Neeson play a snow-plow driver that gets embroiled with drug dealers, while "The Commuter" reteams Neeson with "Non-Stop", "Run All Night", and "Unknown's" director Jaume Collet-Serra. In it, he plays the high-ranking Federal Bureau of Investigation official who was the Washington Post's "Deep Throat" source in the scandal.

However, that isn't the case with the latest Liam Neeson mystery-thriller, though the two films appear to be very much alike.



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