We’re not really sure that Liam Neeson knows what “retirement” means. A mere two weeks after saying he was done with action movies, the Oscar-nominated Irish actor and “tall Bono” claimed that he was “unretired” from the action genre. Neeson said this to Variety at the premiere for his new historical drama Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.
When asked about his retirement at the premiere, Neeson responded: “It’s not true, look at me! You’re talking in the past tense. I’m going to be doing action movies until they bury me in the ground. I’m unretired.” For reference, Neeson’s quote two weeks ago was: “I’m like: Guys, I’m sixty-fucking five. Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on.’” Perhaps Neeson figured out that other genres like comedy weren’t a good fit.
Two weeks is more than enough to rethink your decisions—maybe some studios offered him truckloads of money for more action films, or perhaps Neeson is just yanking our chain—though if you’ve seen any of the Taken films, know that Neeson will probably end up strangling you with that same chain.
For now, it looks like Neeson will be murdering people on screen until he’s six feet under. And when you think about it, that’s a great premise for an action movie. Imagine this, if you will: Hardcore purist fans of Neeson’s dramatic work cannot stand for the Unknowns, The A-Teams, the Non-Stops, and decide to put an end to our beloved Qui-Gon Jinn to preserve their image of the actor as Oskar Schindler. But all of these years of shooting action films has given Neeson a particular set of skills, and he won’t go down easily.
Mark Felt will release in theaters on Sept. 29, with two Neeson-starring action movies (Hard Powder and The Commuter) coming in 2018.