Liam Neeson is ending a huge chapter of his acting career.
The Irish actor, who is well known for his work on thrillers like the Taken franchise, reportedly revealed during the Toronto International Film Festival that he’s ready to retire from starring in thrillers.
While the news will certainly come as a disappointment to fans of Neeson’s action roles, the actor has a pretty good reason for making the call to quit doing these particular types of movies.
“They’re still throwing some serious money at me to do that stuff,” said Neeson of working on action films, according to Sky News. “I’m like, ‘Guys I’m [65 years old].’ Audiences are eventually going to go, ‘Come on.’”
Neeson propelled to action hero fame with his turn as ex-government agent Bryan Miller in the first Taken movie back in 2008. The latest installment of the franchise — Taken 3 — arrived in theaters in 2015.
For those of you who are already missing Neeson’s penchant for kicking some serious butt on the big screen, the good news is the actor has two previously shot action films coming down the pipeline.
Hard Power will find Neeson playing a snowplow driver who faces off with drug dealers, and in The Commuter, the actor will play a business man caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his drive home. Both action thrillers are due out sometime in 2018.
Of course, Neeson isn’t giving up acting all together. As for what the star will do now that he’s unlikely to sign on for more films with heart-stopping thrills? According to the actor himself, he plans on focusing his efforts on pursuing more serious roles. In fact, he already has a few dramas in the pipeline.
Are you looking forward to the next chapter in Liam Neeson’s career, or will you miss seeing him in action films? Let us know in the comments below!
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