In this thriller directed by Scott Frank, Neeson plays Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. He reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker hunt down the men who kidnap and kill the wife. Co-starring David Harbour, Patrick McDade, Robert Boyd Holbrook and Luciano Acuna.
I was always attracted to that type of cinema hero as an adolescent growing up in Ireland. Robert Mitchum springs to mind. Later on, it was Steve McQueen to a certain extent and Charles Bronson. They’re these types of grizzled characters who had one foot on the side of law and order and the other foot in the bad guy’s camp. I was treading a very delicate line. It’s great to get a chance to do that. I’m glad you think they’re real because that’s what we’re trying to do. It’s not superhero time. There’s something very noble and damaged about those sorts of American cinematic [icons]. They were heroes. I just find them very appealing.
Neeson and Fallon discuss Neeson”s first movie on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
I’m stumped, I don’t know what to say.
In this romantic drama directed by Paul Haggis, Neeson plays Michael, a writer who recently lost his wife who gets involved with a new lover (Olivia Wilde). They cannot commit to their on and off relationship because of a deep, terrible secret. Co-starring Kim Basinger, James Franco, Mila Kunis and Adrien Brody.
It’s lovely to be with a director who knows what he wants, and lays all the sandbox out for you. Who says, ‘OK, I’ve got what I want, now go play.’ I love that.
Neeson talks about preparing for the file Battleship:
I’m the admiral of the fleet. But get this, I was in Belfast this summer, visiting my family, and my agent kept calling me, saying, Have you read that? Are you ready? And I said for what now? The shooting isn’t till December. And he said no, no, no. It’s Sep-tember. They need you this coming Wednesday! I’d completely let it slip my mind.