Until the release of Taken, Liam Neeson was primarily recognized as a dependable and Academy Award nominated character actor who frequently appeared on our screens to play mentor or father figures in prestige dramas as well as big-budget blockbuster.
With only one box office smash hit, a single leather jacket, and a litany of throat-punching, his career was transformed overnight, with Neeson having spent the last 15 years developing the all-out action thriller as his bread and butter.
He’s committed a crazy number of kills on-screen, even by the standards of the horror genre, while he was on his shooting sprees. In an interview with Screenrant, the elder statesman of ass-kicking, however, admitted that he felt embarrassed when informed.
“I had a driver when I was doing Taken, the first Taken movie 15 years ago I think it was, and we were shooting in LA for the first week, and at the end of the first week, my driver as he dropped me off at the hotel, he said, “Mr. Neeson, can I ask you a question?” I said, “Yeah, sure.” He says, “I’ve started to read the script of Taken, I’ve got to page 40, I think he said. It says you’ve taken the lives of 26 people.” [laughs] I didn’t know how to answer that. I felt quite embarrassed. They said in such a way as if, “Are you sure you’ve read this script? Because you do nasty things to people.”
Based on the trail of devastation he’s left in his wake since, it appears to have little effect on Liam Neeson over time. Even if he continues to hint that his days as an action hero are numbered, that kill count is only going to keep going up!
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