At this point, any sort of action film that Liam Neeson stars in can be considered some sort of spinoff or sequel to Taken. It may all look the same, and some people may be catching on to this. Now, studios may need to look for a new geriatric actor to fill the lead role in action films as Neeson sees a near-end to his career in the genre.
The 62-year-old Neeson spoke to The Guardian while promoting his upcoming Run All Night. During the interview he was asked how much action film he has left in him, and the actor responded with “Maybe two more years.” Hit the jump for more.
Earlier this month saw the theatrical release of Taken 3 starring Liam Neeson as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills, who we’ve learned over and over again has a “particular set of skills.” Although this third installment was billed as the final installment in the franchise, it’s doing so well at the box office ($160.5 million worldwide so far), it would come as no surprise if Fox eventually planned a Taken 4.
On an episode last week of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jimmy Kimmel joked that in just a few days Fox had already written, filmed, and cut a trailer for Taken 4, which coincidentally stars the late night talk show host, his sidekick Guillermo, and of course Liam Neeson. After Guillermo’s dog Paco is taken, he and Neeson go on a hunt to find the dognapper, played by Kimmel.
Watch the trailer here below for Taken 4, aka T4ken 4: A-Paco-Lypse.
If you can believe it, there’s now a Taken 3. That’s right, Liam Neeson has returned for the third and final installment of what I refer to as the Tooken Trilogy and this time it’s even more personal. As we learned in the first film, 2008’s Taken, Neeson’s retired CIA operative Bryan Mills has a “particular set of skills” that he threatens to use on the people who abducted his daughter, played by Maggie Grace.
Well, it looks like Neeson’s willing to pull the “skills” card in real life, too. Grace made an appearance this week on Conan to promote Taken 3, which was released in theaters yesterday, where she revealed that her movie dad prank-called one of her ex-boyfriends in-character as Bryan Mills.
Check out the video of Grace’s appearance on Conan, which includes the audio of the prank call Neeson made where he tells his co-star’s ex about his skills.
Screen Junkies’ popular Honest Trailers YouTube series has next set its sights on the Taken franchise, in which Liam Neeson and his family must deal with each other being taken on regular basis.
As someone who wasn’t a fan at all of the first movie and who’s especially confused by the two sequels existing, this is a lot of fun to watch. That said, even fans of the movies should find a giggle or two in the video below.
Reminder: there’s another Taken movie on the way! The first trailer for the trilogy-maker, which is choosing to go with the quite silly official title of Tak3n (no, seriously), has been released online by 20th Century Fox.
The movie, which once again stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, and Famke Janssen, takes the Fugitive route with Bryan Mills being framed for murder.
You can watch the first trailer and read a synopsis below.