If a 55-year-old Tom Cruise can still climb the tallest building in the world, anybody is capable of literally anything
Last week, George Clooney informed The Hollywood Reporter, “I’m not a leading man anymore. Nobody wants to see me kiss the girl.” Sure, he may no longer be a suave ER doctor, but even at the wildly geriatric age of 56, I’d bet money there are plenty of people who would very, very much still like to see him “kiss the girl.”
Cut to Liam Neeson who, according to SkyNews, said this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, he is retiring from action movies because “Guys, I’m sixty-f-king-five. Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on.'”
Are they, though?
If a 55-year-old Tom Cruise can still sprint through cities, climb buildings and swing alongside a helicopter – which is something studios and audiences continue to pony up for in droves – then I have a feeling Neeson is just fine.
He said himself, studios are “still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff.”
And sure, he might miss when his career was a little more renowned for heavy drama (Schindler’s List, etc.), but as far back as the early ’80s, Neeson has been dabbling in action movies, some great, some totally goofy. Unless the particular set of skills that the star of Taken, Taken 2 and Taken 3 has brought to the genre are getting rusty, it may be best for him and his fine wine to take Aaliyah’s advice: age ain’t nothing but a number.