Liam Neeson Has Kicked His Last Ass
The 65-year-old announced that he will no longer be using his particular set of acting skills for action films anymore.
Liam Neeson's upcoming film, The Commuter, hits theaters in early 2018. The movie looks like a pretty mediocre action-thriller, and its January release date likely means the studio doesn't have much faith in its abilities, either. Unfortunately, The Commuter may be the last time we'll get to see Neeson use his particular set of skills to play a middle-aged dude with 2.5 kids forced to kick some serious ass, because his days as an action star are done.
On Tuesday, the 65-year-old actor told a crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival that he is officially retiring from action movies, Sky News reports.
"They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff," he said during press for his definitively-not-action film Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, about the Watergate source. "I'm like: 'Guys, I'm sixty-fucking-five.' Audiences are eventually going to go: 'Come on.'"
And sure, 65 is probably above the average age for a believable action hero, but it's not all that crazy. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be over 70 when he plays a really old robot in the new Terminator reboot, and some of the Expendables cast definitely qualifies for Social Security. Harrison Ford, 75, has an entire decade on Neeson, and he's still hunting replicants and cracking whips in action films with enough energy left over to direct New York City traffic.
But Neeson's decision isn't strictly age-related. He first made a name for himself as a dramatic actor in Schindler's List and later in Michael Collins and stuff like Les Misérables. His left turn into action thrillers was "all a pure accident," Neeson said at TIFF. Now it looks like he'll be shifting his focus back to less schlocky flicks.
The Commuter and Neeson's other soon-to-be-released action movie, Hard Powder, where he plays a snow plowman who goes to war with drug dealers, both drop in 2018, so worry not—you'll have a chance to mourn the end of his action stardom in theaters for a while longer.
Neeson also didn't clarify if he counts the Star Wars franchise as action, so we may still get to see him reprise his role as the world's worst Jedi in a flashback or something if J.J. decides to write it in.