Former Jedi Master and man you would not want to kidnap anyone from, Liam Neeson, has decided that he will no longer take roles in big budget Hollywood action films. The 65-year-old Taken star recently made public that, even though he has studios throwing a lot of money at him, he is retiring from the action thriller genre forever.
Most recently, Neeson was a huge box office name for the Taken trilogy. In the films he plays a former operative of the CIA who finds himself using his training to find different members of his family who have been kidnapped by human traffickers. In Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Neeson played a Jedi Master who found young Anakin Skywalker and started him down the path that would result in the iconic dark lord of the Sith, Darth Vader.
Neeson commented that getting into the action movie genre was an accident, but fans love him and go to his movies, so the studios keep throwing large numbers at him to keep the action going. However, at 65-years-old, Neeson feels that sooner or later audiences are not going to feel the films are believable, so he is done with them, for good. Well, after two more films that are in post production make their theatrical run, but after that, he is done.
One movie, Hard Powder, Liam Neeson plays a snow remover driver and finds himself up against drug dealers. The other film coming, and Neeson’s last action film is called The Commuter. It is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who worked with Neeson in the movie Unknown, Non Stop and Run All Night.
Neeson stated that one is scheduled to release to theaters in January, and he was not clear on the other film. But he promised everyone that there would be no more Taken movies with him, nothing that is a franchise action series.
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House is Neeson’s next film, and the unofficial start of his dramatic, non-action career. In the film he plays a FBI official who turns out to be the source for The Washington Post known as Deep Throat that derailed the Nixon presidency.
Many fans may surprise Neeson by not supporting his decision to step down from action films, pointing at actors like Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, and other aging action stars, and the popularity of their films.
What do you CDA News fans think of Liam Neeson’s decision to retire from action films? Are you going to miss his films like Taken or are you excited to see how he develops in more dramatic roles? Share your thoughts below in the comments.
By Cletus Dillwood
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