Belfast Telegraph

Collet-Serra: Neeson loves action

Liam Neeson is living out his dream of being an action star, director Jaume Collet-Serra has revealed.

The Northern Irish star has carved out a career as an older action hero, in films such as Taken, Unknown and Non-Stop, and Jaume - who worked with him on those latter two films - said it's a good fit for him.

"He loves it! He is really happy to do the action, fight and to choreograph all of that," the Spanish filmmaker said.

"I think he is living his dream. He's an excellent actor, he's had a very prolific and diverse career. When he was younger, he was a boxer and now he's enjoying that challenge. He's in good shape and he could do it for a long time. It brings another level to his movies - Non-Stop would not be the same with another actor."

The pair are reuniting for upcoming thriller Run All Night, which also stars Ed Harris and Joel Kinnaman and will be out in 2015.

"We already shot it, and I'm working on the post-production now. It's a thriller in New York City and I don't want to say too much but it's very different from Unknown or Non-Stop," Jaume teased.

The 40-year-old said he had no hesitations about picking Liam to be his leading man in Non-Stop, where he plays air marshal Bill Marks.

"The relationship between director and actor is like a relationship in real life - if it's good, you want it to last forever," he said.

"We had a great experience in Unknown before we went our separate ways. He was actually attached to Non-Stop, and because Unknown was successful, they thought of me to go behind the cameras again."

:: Non-Stop is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 30.


From Belfast Telegraph