LIAM Neeson has announced he’s calling time on his special set of skills to retire from thriller films due to his age.
The 65-year-old Ballymena native has enjoyed enormous success as a leading man in recent years, after making his debut as an action star in 2009’s cult blockbuster Taken.
The three films in the series went on to gross a colossal $929.5 million worldwide – making Neeson one of the most sought after action men in Hollywood.
But speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival, Liam said it was time to retire his ‘special set of skills’ and that his nine-year stint as an action star was “all a pure accident.”
Neeson added: "They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff.
"I'm like: 'Guy's I'm sixty-f***ing-five.' Audiences are eventually going to go: 'Come on’.”
Liam said his upcoming revenge thriller The Commuter – releasing early next year – could well be his last.
“I’ve shot one that’s going to come out in January sometime,” he said.
“There might be another. That’s it. But not Taken. None of that franchise stuff.”
The Irish actor’s next film, which opens this week in Toronto, is a drama based on the Watergate scandal titled Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House.
In the film, Neeson plays FBI whistle-blower Deep Throat – the Washington Post’s source during the infamous 1970s cover-up.
He is also lined up to co-star in 2018’s Widows, the next movie by Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen.