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RogerBW
RogerBW
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 11:44am

…yeah, maybe.

If Grunt Ironjaw there actually gets some characterisation.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 12:31pm

Oh, that’s not gonna happen.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  RogerBW
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 4:19pm

He’ll be both brave and courageous.

Bluejay
Bluejay
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 1:12pm

Is Liam Neeson supposed to be an American in this one? His “American” accent has never been that convincing to me.

Not that Americans can’t have all sorts of accents, of course.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bluejay
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 1:13pm

He sounds pretty Irish here to me. Doesn’t mean his character can’t be a naturalized citizen. I wonder if you need to be a citizen to be an air marshal?

David_Conner
David_Conner
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 2:51pm

Pretty much all Federal jobs require citizenship (and particularly the ones requiring national security and/or public trust clearance – even contractors need to be citizens for those), though there are rare special exemptions and hiring authorities.

All that being said, I’m reasonably sure one of the universally-recognized exceptions is “I’m Liam Neeson.”

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
reply to  David_Conner
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 4:42pm

Oh, man. That needs to be a comedy sketch all its own. The possibilities are endless . . .

“I’m sorry, tourists aren’t allowed inside the Statue of Liberty anymore.”
“I’m Liam Neeson.”
“Right this way, sir.”

“Hey, buddy, you can’t park there! It’s a loading zone!”
“I’m Liam Neeson.”
“OK. I’ll make sure nobody tows you.”

“We don’t sell the Pumpkin Spice Latte in April, sir. It’s a seasonal offering only.”
“I’m Liam Neeson.”
“Coming right up.”

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 5:26pm

Even better if the person saying “I’m Liam Neeson” isn’t necessarily Liam Neeson.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  Bluejay
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:04pm

In her next film, Meryl Streep will play Liam Neeson, and she’ll sound more like Liam Neeson than Liam Neeson sounds like Liam Neeson.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 5:37pm

“You need to wear a condom.”
“I’m Liam Neeson.”
“Oh, fine.”

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  Bluejay
Sun, Apr 29, 2018 6:31pm

SPOILER

They actually address that question in the movie. No, seriously. They actually do that.

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Sun, Apr 29, 2018 10:48pm

In The Swarm, there’s more attention paid to explaining Michael Caine’s British accent than there is to, well, the killer bees.

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 3:49pm

Yeah, I’m probably gonna see this too. What is it about Liam Neeson that we’re all still willing to support his ongoing grief counseling, no matter how bad the movies look?

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 4:20pm

I’m not going to see it unless there are snakes on the plane.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Danielm80
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 5:08pm

And I’m not going to see it unless I’m gonna hear Liam Neeson ask “Who let all the mo**********ing snakes on this mo**********ing plane?!”

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  LaSargenta
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 5:20pm

Oh dear. Now I’m imagining other actors saying the line: Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Danielm80
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 5:38pm

Helen Mirren!!

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  LaSargenta
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:53pm

That line would sound particularly good in an Irish accent.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sun, Apr 29, 2018 6:33pm

Coming soon from Alternative Universe Pictures:

St. Patrick: The Motion Picture, starring Liam Neeson in the title role…

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Danielm80
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:54pm

Maybe the snakes are the ones killiing people. That’s why they need to use the pager thingie: they can’t talk, but they can type.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 5:37pm

I think Julianne Moore would make a FANTASTIC villain.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  LaSargenta
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:59pm

I’m operating under the *Law and Order* rule of Guessing Whodunnit: it’s always the most recognizable guest star.

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:16pm

So it’s Lady Mary? :-)

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bluejay
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:14pm

I don’t get it.

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 7:09pm

Sorry. The film also stars Michelle Dockery (she’s the one in the still image for the trailer), whom legions of viewers will recognize as Lady Mary Crawley from Downton Abbey.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bluejay
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 7:24pm

Ah. You think she’s more recognizable than Julianne Moore?

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 7:29pm

Heh.

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 8:19pm

That was the intended joke, yes. Although in certain circles — my family, for instance — it’s probably true.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  Bluejay
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 7:30pm

I wouldn’t. :)

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:34pm

On a slightly different note, has anybody else noticed how frequently movie reporters have referred to Liam Neeson’s recent spate of action films as somehow improbable or out of character? I’m baffled by this . . . Did they not see Excalibur, Krull, Darkman, Rob Roy, The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, etc., etc., etc. . . . ? Are they just surprised that he’s still doing it after sixty? Nobody says that about Bruce Willis.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:01pm

He’s a great big hulk of a lad. He was a boxer. Seems perfectly cast to me.

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 2:48pm

ExACTly. Not a big mystery here.

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:14pm

Those films you mentioned, though, are mostly fantasies or historical dramas where he wears fancy costumes and/or wields bladed weapons. Maybe it’s just that he’s not (yet) easily associated with the straightforward “guy with gun” genre.