The 62-year-old star of Taken and Taken 2 revealed that he was hesitant about doing the movie A Walk Among The Tombstones because he didn’t want to do another action role that similar to something he had already done in the past.
“I thought, 'Here we go, here's another f**king telephone call, talking to the bad guys.' So there was this huge question mark before taking it on,” Neeson told Empire Magazine.
Neeson is well known for his role in the Taken movie franchise, where he tries to save his kidnapped daughter. In the movie, he talks to the kidnappers on the phone and says the line, “I will find you and I will kill you.” The scene has boosted his popularity among young moviegoers, including his two sons Micheal and Daniel.
“I have recorded a special voicemail [with Taken quotes] so many times for my kids! And they have to prompt me on the lines, because I forgot them, which is a little embarrassing!” he told Australia radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O. in an interview.
In A Walk Among The Tombstones, which is based on the 1992 crime thriller novel by Lawrence Block, Neeson plays a private investigator who is trying to locate the kidnapped wife of a drug kingpin. He teamed up with writer/director Scott Frank for the production, whose vision prompted Neeson to agree to doing the role despite his reservations.
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"He outlined how he wanted to treat it, very noir-ish, allowing scenes to play out, rather than this MTV-edited craze where if a character speaks more than two sentences the editor's scared or the director's scared the audience will get bored," said Neeson of Frank.
Neeson’s wife, Natasha Richardson, died in a skiing accident in 2009, which may have helped the actor prepare for his character in A Walk Among The Tombstones. “"I knew what was required and I can easily access that kind of darkness, you know," he said.
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