Several times recently, Liam Neeson has mentioned that his action movie phase could be coming to an end. Earlier this month, during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, he said:
“They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. I’m like: ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-fucking-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on.’”
However, in a more recent interview with Variety, Neeson was asked about his recent statement about getting too old to continue his run as an action star, and went in the complete opposite direction of his previous statement:
“It’s not true, look at me! You’re talking in the past tense. I’m going to be doing action movies until they bury me in the ground. I’m unretired.”
Let’s not forget that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone are still making action movies at ages 70 and 71 respectively, though their films often seem to struggle to attract audiences these days. Not every single one of Neeson’s action movies has been a smash, but they usually make money because they’re more medium budgeted than high budgeted films and the Taken series is hugely popular despite the third film being absolutely terrible. And at the moment he still just about convinces as an action hero. He has The Commuter and Hard Powder coming up, and I’m sure Taken 4 will materialise at some point. Let’s just hope they give it to a decent director this time.