In 2005 Liam Neeson found himself playing a mentor type in three high profile studio films including “Batman Begins,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”.
Three years later, he returned with the low-budget action thriller “Taken” and his career trajectory changed. The actor quickly became a go to man for action movies, appearing in a bunch of them over the past decade or so.
Now, approaching his retirement age at 65, the Oscar-nominated actor has effectively announced that he is retiring from action movies. 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 has two more action films already completed and in the can for a 2018 release – “The Commuter,” which just released its trailer earlier today, and the revenge thriller “Hard Powder”.