Hollywood director Olivier Megaton has worked with many onscreen action heroes and with the UK release of Taken 2 just around the corner, Olivier has been answering a number of questions about the movie. The Taken movies have made and action hero of Liam Neeson and Olivier has also worked with another British action star Jason Statham. So how do the two compare?
Megaton explained to DenOfGeek, “Totally different. Jason, suddenly, became an action hero after Guy Ritchie’s movie. Suddenly. He never moved to something else. He could, and he has potential to do it, but he never did it, because there was a huge hole to fill, and he did it, because of, uh, money – I don’t know.”
He added, “Liam, he didn’t want to be an action hero, but it happened with Taken. It definitely showed him as an action hero, and as a very normal [person]. But I think this is the difference: Jason wanted to be an action hero, and now he wants to be an actor. Liam has always been an actor.”
Liam Neeson has previously spoken about the possibility of their being a Taken 3 movie made. Taken 2 is set to be released in the UK on October 4.