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Saturday 21 October 2017

I've two years of action films left, reveals Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson in Run All Night
Liam Neeson in Run All Night

Liam Neeson has revealed that he will give up appearing in action movies within two years.

The Northern Irish actor is known for his roles in gripping blockbusters such as the Taken franchise and A Walk Among the Tombstones, but said that he is keen to put his action days behind him.

"Maybe two more years - if God spares me, and I'm healthy. But after that, I'll stop the action, I think," he said.

"I'm in a very, career-wise, great place.

"The success certainly of the Taken films, Hollywood seems to see me in a different light.

"I get sent quite a few action-orientated scripts, which is great. I'm not knocking it. It's very flattering. But there is a limit of course."

His latest outing, Run All Night, sees Neeson star as an ageing hitman who must take on his former boss in order to protect his son.

The 62-year-old actor recently said he has a regular exercise routine to stay in good shape.

"I keep pretty fit, in life. I would step up the regime, a couple of months before we start filming," he said.

"I do a whole mixture of stuff. It's not strictly this regime or that regime. I do a lot of power walking. I use a lot of kettle bells. They're great.

"Making a film, you do need stamina, whether you're doing fight scenes or not. They're long days.

"It's important to keep fit. And I'm not talking about having perfect abs or stuff, but you have to be on top of your game, especially if you're playing the lead."

Neeson also revealed that he wants to take on roles that are more suitable to his age in the coming years, if that's what his fans want.

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"If I feel audiences saying, 'Come on, he's 62, enough is enough', I'm very sensitive to that," he said.

"If I pick up that vibe it will all stop and I'll start playing dads or grandfath- ers.

"But I keep myself pretty fit and my knees are still great. And it's fun."

While he might be saying goodbye to his action star status in the years to come, Neeson makes the big bucks taking on those roles.

He was reportedly paid €18m for Run All Night and this week it was revealed that his overall worth is €111m.

Only last year he was named the most bankable action star in Hollywood after bringing in €946m at the box office worldwide.

He starred in six movies last year including Taken 3, the Lego Movie, Non-Stop, A Million Ways to Die in the West, A Walk Among the Tombstones and the Nut Job.

Run All Night hits cinemas today.

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