Liam Neeson says action heroes don't have to be young

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

'A Walk Among the Tombstones' actor Liam Neeson has claimed "action heroes" in big blockbuster aren't just for youngsters anymore, with older stars in line for big roles.

Liam Neeson says action movie roles are now for older actors too.

The 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' star has become a fixture in adrenaline-fuelled blockbusters like 'Taken', and while he think it isn't something for "much younger men" anymore, he's still waiting on his call for 'The Expendables".

He told The Independent newspaper: "Action heroes used to be for much younger men, but now I get all these scripts where it's, 'Scratch 35, and now it's 60!' ... No, ['The Expendables'] haven't asked me.

"I don't know if that's a good or bad thing."

As the 62-year-old actor grows older, he has noticed changes in society and the way they feel about certain things - and he insisted the current generation would rather replace an older item instead of repairing it.

He added: "They just don't fix things anymore. It gives me cause for concern.

"Where I live in New York, any time a bar closes down, suddenly there's a Revlon make-up shop. There must be about 15 of them along Columbus Avenue.

"In the middle of it all there's a little cobbler who operates from a tiny little space and I find myself sometimes breaking shoes in order to just bring them to him; just to keep it alive."


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