Liam Neeson joins a growing list of aging actors who can still whip the bad guys as action heroes. A new trailer shows he’s still got plenty of gumption to tackle the bad guys in thriller “Taken 2.”
Neeson, who turned 60 this month (June 7), reprises his role as CIA agent Bryan Mills, now retired, but still for hire.
He fights, shoots and speeds through exotic Istanbul after his ex-wife Lenore is kidnapped. All without a nap. The abduction provides a link the previous film, involving the kidnapping of his character’s daughter by Albanian thugs.
Cronies of the thugs, who all met unceremonious ends, want revenge against the secret agent.
“The action is supposed to take place about a year or a year and a half after the first story,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a very clever sequel with the usual thrills and spills, but the ante is upped quite a bit in this one.”
Indeed it has. Harrison Ford pioneered the way for oldster action heroes when he reprised his role as Indiana Jones in a 2008 sequel at 66. Last year, he kicked up dust in action/fantasy film “Cowboys and Aliens.”
Sylvester Stallone pulled together a bunch of over-the-hill action heroes for his 2010 film The Expendables,” which proved to be a huge hit. A sequel is reportedly in the works, proving that age is no barrier to credibility when it comes to action heroes.
Neeson said he worked out to meet the demands of his latest role. “I had to up my pushups and sit-ups. There’s quite a bit of running, and quite a bit of fighting,” he said. “It’s funny to be doing this at 60. I just hope my knees hold up!”
Check out his moves in the trailer below: