Liam Neeson, 68, says he’s going to retire from action movies after a couple more

Actor Liam Neeson attends the photocall of Cold Pursuit. July 16, 2019.

Liam Neeson is 68 years old. He’s in great shape and despite being almost 70, he’s still enjoying a lucrative career as an action star. Not many can say that and, of course, none that can are women. But Liam says he’s hanging up his action shoes because he’s just getting too gosh-darned old. Well, he’ll stop after he finishes the last couple of scripts he has left to film. Then he’ll be done, for real… probably.

Liam Neeson may soon be retiring his very particular set of skills. Following 2008′s Taken, the actor experienced a career renaissance playing variations of the hardened hero seeking justice his own way, from Non-Stop to Cold Pursuit to this year’s The Marksman. But Neeson says an end to his action film days is in sight.

“Oh, yeah. I think so,” he tells ET’s Lauren Zima. “I’m 68 and a half. 69 this year. There’s a couple more I’m going to do this year — hopefully, COVID allowing us — there’s a couple in the pipeline and, then I think that will probably be it. Well, unless I’m on a Zimmer frame or something.”

The Marksman casts Neeson as an ex-Marine turned reclusive rancher who must protect an 11-year-old boy from drug cartel assassins. “I love doing ‘em. I love beating up guys half my age,” he says, though he admits he had something of a revelation while filming his next flick, Blacklight.

“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 laughs, “I said, ‘That’s the age of my eldest son!’”

[From ET]

I don’t really watch action films. I have nothing against them, they just aren’t my go-to. So I had to hop on IMDb to see what the last Liam Neeson film I’d seen was and sure enough, the only films of his I’ve seen in the last 10 years were Widows and Men in Black: International (not counting The Lego Movie, in which he was a voice talent). I liked him in both those films, and the MiB sequel was crap with a capital C, so I guess I can see why he keeps getting hired for those roles. But it is a bit much to accept that Liam is out there believably beating up 25-year-olds. I could see an older man outwitting his younger opponent, but sheer brute force? Come on.

Later in the article, it talks about fans telling Liam they want him to reprise his Zeus role from Clash of the Titans to become a part of the Wonder Woman franchise. Liam, who had to admit he’d never seen Wonder Woman, didn’t realize she was Zeus’ daughter and jokingly said he’d call his agent. At least I hope he was joking, we really don’t need that crossover. What I do know is that when I was looking through his IMDb, I noticed Liam’s next announced project is to play Philip Marlow in a project currently called Marlowe. This would be a fantastic departure for him and a role I could absolutely see him sliding into. Marlowe is still rough and tumble, but he’s fallible and road worn. He mixes smarts with grit, not necessarily bronze. I love Raymond Chandler and honestly, Liam’s a good successor to Humphrey Bogart. It’d be nice to get excited about a Liam Neeson project again.

Cold Pursuit Madrid premiere starring Liam Neeson

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  1. Eleonor says:

    He is almost 70 ?!
    I can’t believe he is in amazing shape.

  2. Mignionette says:

    Here’s hoping he retires FULL STOP.

    I used to be a huge Liam Neeson fan until he revealed that he once wanted to attack random black men in the street with a cosh.

    I have never been a fan of cancel culture, but it amazes me how he is still getting opportunities having expressed such vile thoughts in an interview exactly a year ago.

    I think white journalist who continue to interview these horrible people assist in the upholding of white supremacy. Interchange black man with jew and he would never have worked again.

  3. Nev says:

    Oh great!!!
    More time to look for black men to beat up.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Who????

  5. Turtle says:

    I’ve been over him since I saw a montage of him pissing himself in public.