Liam Neeson = Hollywood’s go-to mentor

Posted by · 10:39 am · April 9th, 2009

Liam Neeson in Batman BeginsCan we just assume that whenever the Hollywood moguls in all their infinite, maniacl wisdom decide to actually film an unending epic based on the Bible, Liam Neeson is likely to get the role of God?

We’re already talking about the guy who mentored both Batman and Obi Wan Kenobi, who starred as the magical authority figure of “Chronicles of Narnia” series, who brought inspiration in the early 20th century to those seeking a free Irish state and, of course, saved a bunch of Jews.  Let’s not forget he’s also set to play probably the country’s most universally praised president of all time whenever the filmmakers decide to light that fire.

Now, naturally, Neeson has been cast as Zeus in Louis Letterier’s “Clash of the Titans” remake.  The role was originally played by Laurence Olivier, which surprised many filmgoers back in 1981, that the celebrated film and theatre actor would stoop to genre depictions.  Ralph Fiennes is reportedly in talks to play Hades, making for an irresistible showdown of good versus evil.

But back to Neeson, Hollywood’s go-to guy for mentor types and overall heroic displays, I’m very happy to see him hit the ground running and keep his chin up after the awful tragedy he and his family endured last month.  Keep working.  It’s all you can do.

And regarding the “Clash” remake: part of me wishes it wouldn’t happen, because I love the original so much.  But part of me REALLY wants to see this thing, too.

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  • 1 4-09-2009 at 11:14 am

    Bill said...

    Fiennes is also something of a go-to guy for villians. We’ve seen him as Voldemort, devilish Nazi, treacherous cockney hitman, quiz game cheater, biblical Pharoah Ramses, and even Wallace and Gromit’s snivelling foe.

    It really is the clash of archetypal good and evil.

  • 2 4-09-2009 at 11:38 am

    chad said...

    You know Beacham wrote some of this right?

  • 3 4-09-2009 at 11:56 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yeah, but as I understand it, Kasdan rewrote the whole thing. I know Travis better be living it up on what he pulled in on that.

  • 4 4-09-2009 at 2:22 pm

    Roland said...

    (Lord Lawrence Olivier btw)

  • 5 4-09-2009 at 3:11 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    But of course.

  • 6 4-09-2009 at 7:41 pm

    RichardA said...

    If actors were to had out resumes Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson would describe their specialties as: mentor, god, god-like, shady mentor, shady god, etc. Also, they’d put add in “ear rings on one ear o.k.” under make up.

  • 7 4-09-2009 at 8:21 pm

    FreeVideoStripPoker said...

    That is because he is one heck of a actor!

  • 8 4-10-2009 at 5:08 pm

    Emily said...

    Bill –
    I wouldn’t put Ralph’s character in Quiz Show on the same scale as Voldemort. Should he even really be on a villian scale?

    And I am so excited for this. Two of my favorite actors.

  • 9 4-10-2009 at 5:38 pm

    Bill said...

    Emily – I think you could say the Quiz Show character is something of a villianous protagonist. Richard III, Paradise Lost style.

  • 10 4-11-2009 at 5:52 am

    Alex said...

    I’m curious about Sam Worthington. By the time Terminator Salvation is released, he will have already have filmed that, Avatar, The Debt, Last Night, Clash of the Titans – without anyone really knowing who he is or seeing his work. It seems like quite a sharp career trajectory – if it goes well, by this time next year he’ll be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, or it could all go horribly wrong….

  • 11 4-12-2009 at 7:14 am

    Fei said...

    Since Aslan is God in C. S. Lewis’s Christian allegories, one can say that Neeson has already played God, or the next best thing.

  • 12 4-12-2009 at 5:19 pm

    John Travolta said...

    don’t forget about liam in Gangs of New York-that role was perfect for him