You don't mess with Liam Neeson. You also don't go by the fact that he is 63. And whatever you do, don't mess with his family. Instead, you respect that this man can kick some mean backside at this age and leave you in a pulp without missing a breath. As this fist-happy grandpa turns 63 on Sunday, here is looking at those 5 badass moments when we were truly in awe of this soft spoken, vengeful giant.
Taken shows Liam Neeson taking on about a 100 Albanian mobsters, leaving all of them in pulp or worse, and coolly flying back home with his daughter. However, nothing proves how badass this implacable daddy is then his hardcore conversation with the Albanian kidnapper of his daughter. Here goes what Bryan said: " If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
2. Taken, Taken 2
He fights best who fights alone. And what is even better is when he goes man-o-man and shows the audience there is nothing like a good, ol' fist fight. Here is some cool montage which proves that there is nobody like Neeson when you want a body slammer of a film.
3. Rob Roy
Years before Taken would turn Neeson into the rightful heir of John Wayne, Neeson played Scottish outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. After an English aristocrat Archibald Cunningham rapes his wife, Rob Roy swings a broadsword in the climactic scene. Things don't end for Cunningham as we walk away safe in the knowledge that Neeson can kick backside in a kilt too.
4. Batman Begins
Not just a butt-kicker par excellence, Neeson is also mentor material. After training Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he played Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul, the leader of a mysterious group known as the League of Shadows in Batman Begins. When Bruce Wayne is ready for his training, he is the one imparting it. And don't forget that quotable quote, "Your training is nothing. The will is everything. If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something else entirely."
5. Gangs of New York
Neeson may have had a short role in Martin Scorsese's epic, his character Priest Vallon makes a big impression. As the leader of the Irish Catholic immigrant gang, he manages to decimate many of his opponents before he dies at the hand of Daniel Day Lewis.
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