The man known for being an action hero, Liam Neeson, is retiring from action films at the ripe old age of 68.
Neeson experienced a career resurgence when he starred in Taken in 2008. Since then he’s done a tonne of action films like Cold Pursuit, The Commuter and Non-Stop. However, speaking on Entertainment Tonight Neeson says that chapter of his life is behind me.
“I’m 68 and a half. 69 this year. There’s a couple more I’m going to do this year [action films] hopefully, COVID allowing us. There’s a couple in the pipeline and then I think that will probably be it,” Liam Neeson told ET.
“Well, unless I’m on a Zimmer frame or something.”
Most recently Neeson has been working on the film Backlight in Australia. It’s a typical Neeson thriller and is the first film to use the Melbourne Exhibition Centre as a studio, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
But it was during the shooting of this film that the Taken star realised that he isn’t as fit as he used to be.
“I’ve just finished one in Australia and I had a fight scene with a kid – lovely, sweet actor called Taylor and halfway through the fight I looked up. I was breathless and it didn’t cost him a cent. And I said, ‘Taylor, what age are you?’ He said, ’25,’” Neeson said.
“I said, ‘That’s the age of my eldest son!’”
Neeson also expressed how he was done with superhero movies as well, but he wouldn’t say no to playing Zeus in a future Wonder Woman movie.
“I have no desire to go into the gym for three hours every day, to pump myself up, to squeeze into a Velcro suit with a cape.”
But something tells me he’ll be Taken his retirement very seriously.