Liam Neeson says he's done with action hero movies

Liam Neeson has announced he's retiring from action movies, saying he's too old for the genre.

The Irish actor, once a serious dramatic presence best known for his Oscar-nominated turn in Schindler's List (1993), experienced an unlikely career resurgence with his gruff role in Taken (2008) and its subsequent sequels.

He's since starred in almost a dozen action films, utilising the "particular set of skills" he picked up playing Taken's vengeful father Bryan Mills, including popular thrillers Non-Stop (2014) and Run All Night (2015).

But, despite still being approached for such roles from studios, he says he's had enough.

"They're still throwing money at me to do that stuff," he told Sky News from the Toronto International Film Festival, where he's promoting his Watergate drama, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.

"I'm like, 'Guys, I'm sixty-f---ing-five... Audiences are eventually going to go, 'Come on'," he said.

Neeson still has two upcoming revenge thrillers set for release next year, The Commuter and Hard Powder. But, he added, "that's it".

The actor has already shifted back to Oscar-baity prestige cinema, booking a role in Steve McQueen's (12 Years a Slave) crime drama Widows and an upcoming turn as Raymond Chandler's iconic private eye in William Monahan's (The Departed) Marlowe.

The story Liam Neeson says he's done with action hero movies first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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