Liam Neeson talks tough & tender about ‘The A-Team’ & life

One of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, Liam Neeson has been slowly building up a new screen persona thanks to 'Taken' and 'Batman Begins.' Now, brooding intelligence carries a strong punch, making him the unlikely action hero commanding the screen today. Here's the final part of the Personalities Interview series on 'The A-Team.'

If actors’ careers can be thought of as long-running plays, then Liam Neeson is enjoying a wildly re-written second act. A quiet brand of intensity has been the hallmark of the Irish-born actor’s career, which reached one of many zeniths with his Oscar-nominated role as Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List.”

It seemed for a while that he would remain the go-to man for dramatic bio pics and other period pieces as evidenced by such films as ”Rob Roy,” “Michael Collins,” “Gangs of New York,” “Kinsey” and “Kingdom of Heaven.” But, when that intensity exploded in the 2009 revenge thriller “Taken,” the box office heat generated by its global success reaffirmed something film fans have known all along. Neeson was really meant to be an action hero. Now, he delivers a cigar chomping, one-two punch this summer as the leader of the reinvented “A-Team,” one of the season’s most anticipated and potential Hollywood blockbusters.

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