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.