Despite his ‘special set of skills’, 65-year-old Liam Neeson has announced his retirement from action thrillers due to his age.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, the Irish actor said he wants to focus on more serious roles, and that the turn toward thrillers was “all a pure accident”.

Neeson went on to say:

“They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. I’m like: ‘Guy’s I’m sixy-f******-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on.’”

His debut as an older action star was in 2008 hit Taken, playing a former government operative who must retrieve his kidnapped daughter, which has inspired many older actors to return to action films (with varying results) such as Sean Penn’s The Gunman (2015), Mel Gibson’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation/Get the Gringo (2012), Pierce Brosnan’s The November Man (2014) and Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer (2014) – along with many more.

With nearly a dozen action movies under his belt, Neeson has a final two films in the pipeline, due to be released in the coming months; Hard Powder, in which he plays the driver of a snowplough who faces off against drug dealers, and The Commuter, in which he plays a businessman who becomes caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Liam Neeson’s next film opens at TIFF this week, entitled, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, in which he plays the FBI official nicknamed ‘Deep Throat’ who acted as the Washington Post’s source on the Watergate scandal.

He is also lined up to co-star in 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen’s next movie, Widows.

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