Following the success of Taken in 2009, Liam Neeson carved out quite a niche for himself as an older action star. His career certainly careened down this path, with the iconic actor appearing in 9 more action-packed thrillers that includ The A-Team, The Next Three Days, Unknown, The Grey, Battleship, Taken 2, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones and Taken 3. Now, on the eve of his latest 'geriaction' movie, as some have dubbed them, Liam Neeson has declared that he will stop making action movies in 2 years, if he is able to make it that far.
Good Morning America caught up with Liam Neeson to chat about this weekend's Run All Night, which may certainly leave some fans with a sense of deja vu, as it once again features the actor running with a gun as he sometimes screams into a cell phone. The 62 year-old confirms that his days as an action star are numbered though, making this declaration when asked how much longer he can go on like this:
"Maybe two more years. If God spares me and I'm healthy. But after that, I'll stop [the action], I think. I'm in a very, career-wise, great place. [After] the success of certainly the Taken films, Hollywood seems to see me in a different light. I get sent quite a few action-oriented scripts, which is great. I'm not knocking it. It's very flattering. But there is a limit, of course."
Liam Neeson was mostly known for his dramatic roles before taking the lead in Taken, having earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Schindler's List. He also appeared in romantic fare such as Love Actually and the biopic Kinsey. But Taken certainly wasn't his first deep into genre fare. One of his earliest movies was the fantasy adventure Krull and he of course portrayed the Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, a role he's said he'd like to revisit. He also appeared in Batman Begins as Ra's Al Ghul.
Though Taken 3 was said to be the last movie in that particular franchise, there has been talk of a Taken 4. Liam Neeson is currently shooting Silence for Martin Scorsese, which is a departure from his recent action fare. As are his next two movies, the comedy sequel Ted 2 and the thriller A Monster Calls. Will you be sad to see Liam Neeson hang up his gun? Or do you want the man to keep fighting well into his 90s, when Bryan Mills 'special set of skills' may include making it to the bathroom in time using his walker?