Liam Neeson retires from action films

It's getting unrealistic, star suggests.

by Jennie Kermode

Liam Neeson faces off against a pack of wolves in The Grey
Liam Neeson faces off against a pack of wolves in The Grey

Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival today, Liam Neeson announced his retirement from action films. Acknowledging that fans consider him to have special skills in that area, he argued "Guys, I'm sixty fucking five. Audiences are eventually going to go come on!"

Getting into action was an accident in the first place, he said. He has always relished serious roles such as those afforded to him by Schindler's List, Kinsey and, more recently, Martin Scorsese's Silence. despite the fact that studios are still "throwing money" at him to do action films, it's the serious roles that he'd like to concentrate on at this stage in his career.

Neeson is in Toronto to promote Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, in which he plays the title character - the mysterious source in the Watergate scandal - with support from Diane Lane and Maika Monroe.

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