A COMEDIAN exacted sweet revenge on a nuisance caller with a little help from Liam Neeson.
Frank Caliendo has struck a blow for anyone who has ever been bothered by a telemarketer asking them to fill out a quick survey over the phone.
Picked up the call from an unknown number, the US funny man turned to Taken for inspiration.
Adopting the family Ballymena brogue made famous by Neeson, Caliendo proceeded to threaten whoever was on the other end of the line in the style of Bryan Mills, the Northern Irishman’s character in the hit action film trilogy.
It’s a scene spoofed countless times down the years, coming just after Mills learned his beloved daughter Kim has been kidnapped by unknown assailants.
Listening in as a distraught Kim is captured by her attackers, Bryan realises one of them is now listening to him on the other end of the line.
He proceeds to deliver a warning that has become one of the most quoted lines in modern film history:
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills.
“Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. 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.”
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— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) July 16, 2020
Caliendo’s version is slightly different, of course – he doesn’t threaten to kill anyone, for starters, but it’s a clever take on the tried and tested prank call formula.
It’s also a massive two fingers to those companies who continue to hassle people day in, day out, regardless of how many times they say no or ask not to be called again.