Actor and anti-gunner Liam Neeson no longer wants to play the hero in action movies.
The Irishman said in an interview that he’s getting too old to be the gun-toting good guy dishing out justice to the drug dealers, killers, and kidnappers of the world.
“The thrillers, that was all a pure accident,” said Neeson. “They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. I’m like, ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-f—ing-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go, ‘Come on.'”
There are two thrillers coming down the pike that Neeson’s already shot, “Hard Powder” and “The Commuter.” These are expected to be his last as he turns his attention to more dramatic roles.
“I’ve shot one that’s going to come out in January sometime. There might be another. That’s it,” said Neeson. “But not ‘Taken,’ none of that franchise stuff.”
In recent years, Neeson’s been sharply criticized by gun owners for his public statements supporting gun control.
“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there,” Neeson said in an interview with Gulfnews.com in Jan. 2015. “Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”
And in 2014, Neeson refuted the idea that good guys with guns have the potential to stop bad guys with guns, arguing instead for European-style confiscation as a way to stop violent criminals.
“The National Rifle Association’s official response was ‘If that teacher had been armed…’ It’s crazy,” Neeson told The Independent. “I’ll give Britain its dues, when they had the Dunblane massacre in Scotland, within 24 hours the gun laws were changed so you could not have a handgun.”
Neeson also took a swipe at the way in which courts have upheld that the Second Amendment is an individual right, not contingent upon militia service.
“It is the right to bear arms which is the problem,” said Neeson. “I think if the Founding Fathers knew what was happening they would be turning in their graves with embarrassment at how that law has been interpreted.”
An action star that opposes armed resistance to those that would do others harm is the very definition of a hypocrite. It’s a real shame Neeson’s been able to make the money he has by portraying the very people he takes umbrage with: good guys with guns.