Liam Neeson insists he’ll keep on doing action films, admitting he’ll only stop when people find the whole thing silly.
The 66-year-old starred in the “Taken” movies, which made over $200 million worldwide.
Neeson, who has been busy promoting his latest film “Cold Pursuit”, told Entertainment Weekly that he’ll continue to mix his films up a little: “If I can intersperse them every now and then with ‘A Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ or Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’, you couldn’t ask for a better career than that.
“I know myself. When I have to reach for the walker to go and beat up two guys, I’ll know: ‘No, Liam, the audience is really going to laugh this time.’”
He also said of the first “Taken” film, which was released 10 years ago, that it was “an accident.”
“I never focused on, ‘Oh, I’d love to do action movies.’ It wasn’t really on my periphery. I read [it] and just thought, This would be great; just hang out with stuntmen every day and beat guys up. I did think it would be straight-to-video and that was no problem.
“I enjoyed doing that first ‘Taken’ movie so much; I had no idea that it would lead onto other films and other action scripts.
“They started sending me action scripts and you’d see ‘Leading man, age 37’ crossed out and ‘late 40s, early 50s’ written in instead [laughs]. I feel very privileged, and a little bit guilty. I’m having fight scenes with guys half my age and I just can’t stop laughing. It’s just so silly on one level and great fun on another.”