Liam Neeson has announced he’s “unretired” from action movies. The film star had previously said now he was a little older he intended to take things a bit easier.
“They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff,” Neeson previoulsy told Sky News.
“I'm like: 'Guy's I'm sixty-f***ing-five.' Audiences are eventually going to go: 'Come on.'”
But on Tuesday at the premier for his latest thriller, “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” about Watergate, Neeson insisted he’d only been joking.
“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,” he laughingly told reporters.
In the movie Neeson takes on the role of FBI whistleblower Mark Felt whose leaks to the press of the administration’s illegal doings led to explosive front page revelations in the early 1970’s.
Felt, who was nicknamed ‘Deep Throat’, passed away in 2008 at the age of 95 but members of his family strolled down the red carpet on his behalf.
His biographer John O’Connor said they were pleased with Neeson’s portrayal of him.
“The family said it’s amazing how well he got him,” O’Connor explained.
“There’s a certain steely integrity, he was a very smooth guy, and there was a sense of quiet swagger to him, so he was an interesting character and Liam Neeson nailed it.”
Nearly a decade after his passing, director Peter Landesman said the film was a fitting tribute to a man many feel history has unjustly forgotten.
“Mark Felt was the answer to the biggest political mystery of our time and one of the greatest political heroes we’ve ever had,” Landesman said.
“To me, Mark Felt was the center of Watergate and his story had yet to be told. That piece of history had been left out.”