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Taken aback: Liam Neeson to quit action roles

By Claire Williamson

Liam Neeson is set to holster his pistol and hang up the phone on bad guys after he admitted he would be quitting action movies.

But the 62-year-old Ballymena star still has time to squeeze in a few sequels, saying he feels he has two years of kicking ass left.

The news comes hot on the heels of the New York premiere of Neeson's new action movie Run All Night.

"Maybe two more years. If God spares me and I'm healthy," he said in a US interview.

"But after that, I'll stop [the action] I think."

Oscar-nominated for Schindler's List, Neeson threw himself into action hero roles after the death of his wife Natasha Richardson in a skiing accident in 2009.

He is best known as protective dad Bryan Mills in the Taken trilogy, and Run All Night continues that theme - although Neeson's ageing hitman character starts on the wrong side of the law this time.

"I'm in a very, career-wise, great place," Neeson said of the movies.

"The success of certainly the Taken films, Hollywood seems to see me in a different light. I get sent quite a few action-oriented scripts, which is great. I'm not knocking it. It's very flattering. But there is a limit, of course."

Meanwhile, Neeson has joined forces with Tourism Ireland to wish the world a Happy St Patrick's Day.

His distinctive voice narrates the video which urges people to join in the celebrations on the "greenest day of the year".

In his soothing brogue Neeson calls for people around the world to "go green for St Patrick's Day" as it shows key landmarks lit up green.

"I'm delighted to be helping Tourism Ireland celebrate St Patrick's Day," said Neeson.

"It will be wonderful to see the world turn green again on March 17th as nations come together to celebrate the fun and warmth of the Irish."

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