Liam Neeson planning retirement from action movies

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Liam Neeson. (Photo: Getty Images)
Liam Neeson. (Photo: Getty Images)

Liam Neeson has a very particular set of skills... but the actor says his decade-long career as action hero may soon be coming to an end. 

The once dramatic actor's career took an unlikely turn in 2008 when he was cast as Bryan Mills, a former CIA operative, in the action-thriller Taken. Since then, the "accidental" action star went on to feature in more than a dozen action films including Clash of the Titans and The A-Team.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the Taken actor said: "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."

"I love doing 'em. I love beating up guys half my age," he added.

Speaking about his most recent project Backlight, he says: "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'."

"I said: 'That's the age of my eldest son!'"

Although his career as action star might come to an end, with his "particular set of skills" we'll certainly still be seeing him on the big-screen - albeit at a different pace! 

(Compiled by Graye Morkel)

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