Liam Neeson now refuses to do his own stunts, although he continues to star in fight scenes.
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The Northern Irish actor became a late-night action star after the highly successful 2008 film The Abduction.
The 69-year-old star is still one of the most sought-after action heroes in Hollywood, but he admitted that, unlike Tom Cruise, he’d rather leave serious stunts to the professionals.
“I’m not one of those actors who say, ‘I’m doing my own stunts,'” he said in an interview about his new movie, Ice Trap.
But while it’s his replacement who takes care of the bumps, he’s the one who appears in his fight scenes.
“I do my own battles,” he added. I like to do it so I do it as often as possible. But stunts, no. I’ll leave that to Mark Vanslow. He’s a fight choreographer and he’s the acrobatic guy.”
He also thanked the latter star for helping him become the action star he is today, having collaborated with him on 24 films.
“I completely trust him,” he explained. “We did a lot of fight scenes together in different places around the world with many performers. Mark is a rock. If he sets up a fight scene, for example, he first records it on his iPhone and then shows it to me. I can make some suggestions, but in A lot of times I don’t just because it’s really good.”
Ice Trap, in which Liam Neeson plays a truck driver on a rescue mission to save the lives of miners trapped under icy waters, hits theaters June 25.