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Neeson: I always try to keep fit

Liam Neeson has revealed he tries to work out regularly to stay fit for his movies.

The 62-year-old actor, who stars in action films such as Taken, A Walk Among The Tombstones and Non-Stop, said he has a regular exercise routine to stay in good shape.

"I keep pretty fit, in life. I would step up the regime, a couple of months before we start (filming)," he said.

"I do a whole mixture of stuff; it's not strictly this regime, or that regime. I do a lot of power walking. I use a lot of kettle bells. They're great. Making a film, you do need stamina, whether you're doing fight scenes or not. They're long days."

He added: "Tombstones was set on eight weeks of night shoots, so you do need stamina for that work, so it's important to keep fit. And I'm not talking about having perfect abs or stuff, but you have to be on top of your game, especially if you're playing the lead. You have to look after yourself."

Liam said he doesn't nurse serious injuries from his film roles: " Occasionally you get a few knocks, but slap on the Arnica and it's gone, you know?"

The unlikely action star admitted that winning awards aren't top of his priority list.

"I'm a big fan of award shows. But it takes a hell of a lot of money to mount a campaign for any film," he explained.

"So a picture like The Grey, that came out in January/February, and then the closing date for that year's consideration is December. It takes an awful lot of money to remind people again, to put a film out again. It's not really frustrating, it's always been that way. And I think The Grey is a lovely film. I'm very, very proud of doing that, whether it wins awards or not. It doesn't matter."

:: A Walk Among The Tombstones is available on DVD and Blu-ray now, courtesy of Entertainment One.

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