Liam Neeson reveals why he won’t make any more superhero movies

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville

Hollywood star Liam Neeson has revealed that he won’t be making anymore superhero movies – as he has no desire to spend three hours a day in the gym.

Neeson made the comments during an interview with Eton Live.

He was speaking to the magazine along with Lesley Manville ahead of the release of their latest movie Ordinary Love.

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville

The movie sees the pair play a couple called Joan and Tom, whose lives are turned upside down when Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer.

The two actors spoke about the challenges in taking on such a sensitive subject matter and how they supported each other through the emotionally demanding aspects of the movie.

Neeson said: “At the end of the day, it boils down to the script. And the words were there. Owen McCafferty had written it. After 63, 64 movies I’ve done, it was certainly one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. And I remember thinking, ‘You do not have to act this. Just breathe it. Just accept it and say what Owen has written’.”

Manville added: “It’s not calculated. We’re both decent people. So, I’m respectful of anybody and respectful of the hard day, the long physical day that the camera team have had and what everybody put into it.

“Certainly, for my part, the makeup/prosthetics team were really putting in some hours to get that bald cap on me for many days. I don’t think there was a lot of nursing that had to go on.”

The conversation turned to films that Neeson had made in other genres, including action and superhero movies.

Neeson said that while he is currently filming an action move, he ha no desire to revisit the superhero genre.

He said: “I’m really not a huge fan of the genre. I think it’s Hollywood with all the bells and whistles and the technical achievements and stuff — which I admire — but I have no desire to go into the gym for three hours every day to pump myself up to squeeze into a Velcro suit with a cape.

“I admire the actors and I know some of the actors who do it — and do it fantastically. It’s just not my genre, it really isn’t. The first Star Wars, I was in that, that was 22 years ago, and I enjoyed that, because it was novel and that was new.

“I was acting to tennis balls, which were ultimately going to be little fuzzy furry creatures and stuff. That was interesting, acting-wise, to try and make that seem real, but that was the last. It’s quite exhausting.”

Take a look at the trailer for Ordinary Love below.


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