Liam Neeson has revealed why he was initially skeptical of his Taken speech, highlighting his “unique skill set”.

Received Star Liam Neeson says he initially didn’t think his now-iconic speech at the beginning of the film was very good. ReceivedDirected by Pierre Morel and co-written by Luc Besson, Neeson plays Brian Mills, a former CIA operative who travels to Paris to rescue his daughter, who has been kidnapped by Albanian sex traffickers. He found out that this happened because he was on the phone with her at the time, which gave him the opportunity to talk to one of her captors and threaten to use him to hunt down the villain.a special set of skills.”

Vanity Fair recently sat down with Neeson to discuss it his 100th film Marlowe and his career in general. The conversation quickly changed Receivedand he said he didn’t know how symbolic this opening speech would be, but instead said he thought it would be “corn“, he was happily proven wrong. Read his full quote below:

I certainly heard scary, but I thought it was corn. It was corn. I really felt it. It’s nice to be proven wrong.

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How Neeson created an entire subgenre

Liam Neeson shows off a gun in Taken.

Even though Neeson didn’t quite believe her idea Received in his speech he applied his great skill to the role. This made the film a hit and grossed $226.8 million on a $25 million budget. Then he returned to his role Bryan Mills twice twice Received continuationthe first is 2012 Received 2 and the other is the 2014 trilogy capper Received 3.

However, its success spawned not only a franchise, but an entire sub-genre. After success ReceivedLiam Neeson with a gun” trope was born, giving the star a subsequent career resurgence in a variety of action titles. Most of them directed. Black ManJaume Collet-Serra, including 2011 Unknown2014 year Non-stop2015 year Run all nightand 2018 Passenger.

Other credits include Neeson featuring in his newfound action hero role Gray, Cold pursuit, Black lightand upcoming Revenge. Cinemas are so inundated with these titles that they even spawned their own parody 2015 movie. Received played a role Few and CleaningLee Tergesen. None of these would happen otherwise Receivedso Neeson is lucky he put aside his doubts when he first read the script.

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