Liam Neeson used to star in movies that can best be described as "fancy-pants," notes Linda Holmes on NPR. (Think Schindler's List, Rob Roy, and Ethan Frome.) But nowadays, all he seems to do is punch people. He punches people for kidnapping his daughter (Taken) and for not recognizing him (Unknown); he punches people vicariously by releasing the Kraken (Clash of the Titans) and he punches them via boats (Battleship). Tomorrow, when The Grey is released, he may very well punch a wolf. So what should he punch next? Holmes has some ideas:
- Bankers: "In Foreclosure, Neeson plays a college professor whose house is being foreclosed on by the ominous, much hated bank that recently took over his small town's only financial institution. He goes to the institution's headquarters to get some answers. Fighting ensues."
- Best Buy employees: "In Warranty, Neeson plays a down-on-his-luck real estate agent who wants to buy a television for his ailing wife, Greta. But when he arrives at the store, he's told that the store is out of the model they advertised on sale, and he has to figure out how to get an expensive plasma model out of the store in time for Greta to watch Downton Abbey. Fighting ensues."
- Steven Seagal: "In The Ponytail, Neeson plays a high school principal who learns that a former action-movie star is planning to rob his school during an assembly. Only the principal can stop the siege and protect the school's educational booty. Fighting ensues."
Holmes' full list
is worth a read. (Read more Liam Neeson