History Main / LiamNeeson

17th Jun '13 11:43:17 PM Prfnoff
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/liam-neeson-20060930-165022.jpg]] ->'''Lewis''': No, now I'm curious. Let's say you're going to prison for a long time. Plus, your parents? Very understanding. Who's your cellmate?\\ '''Oswald''': ...Liam Neeson. -->-- ''TheDrewCareyShow'', first episode Liam John Neeson (born 1952) is a multi-award winning actor originally from StrokeCountry. Has a long and multi-faceted career, from serious drama (as Oskar Schindler in ''Film/SchindlersList'') to fantasy (the voice of Aslan in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'') to action (Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}'') to Sci-Fi (Qui-Gon Jinn in ''StarWars Episode 1: ThePhantomMenace''), to historical film (''RobRoy'', ''MichaelCollins''). Recently voiced Fujimoto, the dad of the eponymous character in ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea''. Also said to have been the inspiration behind Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fame. His latest roles are Dr Martin Harris in the thriller ''{{Unknown}}'', John Ottway in the wilderness survival thriller ''Film/TheGrey'', and Bryan Mills in ''{{Taken 2}}'', the sequel to the first film. Neeson was married to Natasha Richardson between 1994 and 2009, when she died in a tragic skiing accident. Also, he doesn't look like his photo anymore. But we like to keep it there. Looks close enough, though... ---- !!This actor provides examples of: * {{Badass}}: Has played quite a few of them, most notably Qui Gon Jinn in ''ThePhantomMenace'' and Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}''. ** BadassBaritone: Has a distinct deep, gruffy voice. * TheBigGuy: He's 6'4", and often towers over most of his castmates. ** Appropriately, he was cast as Michael Collins in the [[MichaelCollins film of the same name]]-Collins was called "the Big Fellow" for his height. ** In fact, he's so tall that [[StarWars Qui-Gon Jinn]] action figures almost throw the other figures out of scale. ** As Qui-Gon he's also the only Jedi whose robe has a seam down the back. Because of his height, they couldn't make the robe out of one piece of fabric because bolts of cloth don't come that wide. ** They also had to spend thousands of dollars making the walls of the sets taller before they could start filming, because apparently the set designers didn't realize just how tall he was. * CannotTellAJoke: His deep serious monotone voice is parodied in this ''LifesTooShort'' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKTh7zBIcrM Link]]. * ChronicallyKilledActor: Which makes it ironic that his character in ''Film/LesMiserables1998'' is SparedByTheAdaptation. * TheComicallySerious * EvenTheGuysWantHim: See above. (And don't forget to come back down for the rest of the article. Eventually.) * MeanCharacterNiceActor: He's been getting cast as either [[Film/{{Taken}} brutal antiheroes]] or outright [[Film/BatmanBegins villains]] recently. Of course, he's known in Real life as being one of the sweetest men in the world. * {{Oireland}}: Subverted -- Neeson has let it be known that he will "not do Irish stereotypes"...[[RuleOfFunny unless it's funny]]. ** Such as the ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, "Ya Call This A House, Do Ya?" in which he played a drunken, churlish Irishman. Of course, in this case, it was [[PlayedForLaughs meant to be funny]]. ** ...and in ''High Spirits'' when he played a horny Irish ghost with curly red hair...in green pants. ** ...and on ''TheSimpsons'' episode "The Father, The Son, and the Holy Guest Star," where he played a Catholic priest who was a former alcoholic brawler (fighting with his own father, no less). * OneManArmy: His roles in ''Film/DarkMan'', ''StarWars'', and ''Film/{{Taken}}''. Heck, even his role as Aslan qualfies seeing as how [[spoiler:he singlehandedly turned the battle against the Witch in the good side's favor]]. ** Not to mention his role as James in VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}. [[TechnicalPacifist A kindly Doctor]] who managed to travel across the [[CrapsackWorld hell of the Wasteland]] in order to bring his newborn safely to a Vault. Then 19 years later, ''did it again''. * OohMeAccentsSlipping: While a wonderful actor, he might be the poster boy for this trope when attempting anything other than his native Irish. Both he and Creator/HarrisonFord have an especially {{egregious}} case of this in ''K19TheWidowmaker'', which explains that cutaway joke on ''FamilyGuy'' about kids not knowing about sex ed being as lost and confused as Liam Neeson trying to do an American accent. ** That said, he does normally tone his accent ''way'' down in most of his films. In real life his accent is much, much stonger and a touch harder. * PapaWolf: His role in ''Film/{{Taken}}'' was a quite brutal version of the trope, in which an ex CIA agent goes to ''huge'' extremes to save his kidnapped daughter from being sold into prostitution. ** Ain't the only time, either. He's played Jean Valjean of ''Film/LesMiserables1998'', a role in which being Papa Wolf is a requirement. * PlayingAgainstType: A mild version -- in the fact-based drama ''Five Minutes of Heaven'', the Roman Catholic Neeson played a Protestant killer (and the Protestant James Nesbitt played the Catholic brother of his victim). Both actors are actually from Northern Ireland. ** And then there's ''Film/{{Taken}}'', where ''Liam Neeson'' plays a [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]] {{expy}}. *** You mean he's not like that in [[RealityIsUnRealistic Real Life?!]] ** Also, any time he plays the villain. It's not very common. [[spoiler:This is specifically why he was chosen to be [[BigBad Ra's al Ghul]] in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', because they thought it would shock fans that Liam was the true villain]]. * SesameStreetCred: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDJe8IP8A0 Doing his best Count von Count!]] * SoMyKidsCanWatch: He signed onto ''ClashOfTheTitans'' solely because his two sons were into ClassicalMythology and thought it would be cool to see their dad play Zeus. * StrokeCountry: He was born and raised in Northern Ireland. * TheTroubles: Has done roles encompassing both the all-Ireland Troubles of 1919-1923 and the Northern Ireland Troubles of 1969-1998. ** In Ireland, Neeson is primarily known not for ''SchindlersList'', or even ''StarWars'', but for ''MichaelCollins'', which was not widely seen abroad but was a huge, huge hit with Irish viewers, since Collins is often considered a national hero there. * TypeCasting: He has a vocation for TheMentor -- ''ThePhantomMenace'' (where he's TheObiWan for Obi-Wan Kenobi himself!), ''Film/BatmanBegins, KingdomOfHeaven, GangsOfNewYork, ClashOfTheTitans, ChroniclesOfNarnia''... ---- -->"[[{{Film/Taken}} I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. What I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.]]"
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/liam-neeson-20060930-165022.jpg]] ->'''Lewis''': No, now I'm curious. Let's say you're going to prison for a long time. Plus, your parents? Very understanding. Who's your cellmate?\\ '''Oswald''': ...Liam Neeson. -->-- ''TheDrewCareyShow'', first episode Liam John Neeson (born 1952) is a multi-award winning actor originally from StrokeCountry. Has a long and multi-faceted career, from serious drama (as Oskar Schindler in ''Film/SchindlersList'') to fantasy (the voice of Aslan in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'') to action (Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}'') to Sci-Fi (Qui-Gon Jinn in ''StarWars Episode 1: ThePhantomMenace''), to historical film (''RobRoy'', ''MichaelCollins''). Recently voiced Fujimoto, the dad of the eponymous character in ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea''. Also said to have been the inspiration behind Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fame. His latest roles are Dr Martin Harris in the thriller ''{{Unknown}}'', John Ottway in the wilderness survival thriller ''Film/TheGrey'', and Bryan Mills in ''{{Taken 2}}'', the sequel to the first film. Neeson was married to Natasha Richardson between 1994 and 2009, when she died in a tragic skiing accident. Also, he doesn't look like his photo anymore. But we like to keep it there. Looks close enough, though... ---- !!This actor provides examples of: * {{Badass}}: Has played quite a few of them, most notably Qui Gon Jinn in ''ThePhantomMenace'' and Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}''. ** BadassBaritone: Has a distinct deep, gruffy voice. * TheBigGuy: He's 6'4", and often towers over most of his castmates. ** Appropriately, he was cast as Michael Collins in the [[MichaelCollins film of the same name]]-Collins was called "the Big Fellow" for his height. ** In fact, he's so tall that [[StarWars Qui-Gon Jinn]] action figures almost throw the other figures out of scale. ** As Qui-Gon he's also the only Jedi whose robe has a seam down the back. Because of his height, they couldn't make the robe out of one piece of fabric because bolts of cloth don't come that wide. ** They also had to spend thousands of dollars making the walls of the sets taller before they could start filming, because apparently the set designers didn't realize just how tall he was. * CannotTellAJoke: His deep serious monotone voice is parodied in this ''LifesTooShort'' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKTh7zBIcrM Link]]. * ChronicallyKilledActor: Which makes it ironic that his character in ''Film/LesMiserables1998'' is SparedByTheAdaptation. * TheComicallySerious * EvenTheGuysWantHim: See above. (And don't forget to come back down for the rest of the article. Eventually.) * MeanCharacterNiceActor: He's been getting cast as either [[Film/{{Taken}} brutal antiheroes]] or outright [[Film/BatmanBegins villains]] recently. Of course, he's known in Real life as being one of the sweetest men in the world. * {{Oireland}}: Subverted -- Neeson has let it be known that he will "not do Irish stereotypes"...[[RuleOfFunny unless it's funny]]. ** Such as the ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, "Ya Call This A House, Do Ya?" in which he played a drunken, churlish Irishman. Of course, in this case, it was [[PlayedForLaughs meant to be funny]]. ** ...and in ''High Spirits'' when he played a horny Irish ghost with curly red hair...in green pants. ** ...and on ''TheSimpsons'' episode "The Father, The Son, and the Holy Guest Star," where he played a Catholic priest who was a former alcoholic brawler (fighting with his own father, no less). * OneManArmy: His roles in ''Film/DarkMan'', ''StarWars'', and ''Film/{{Taken}}''. Heck, even his role as Aslan qualfies seeing as how [[spoiler:he singlehandedly turned the battle against the Witch in the good side's favor]]. ** Not to mention his role as James in VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}. [[TechnicalPacifist A kindly Doctor]] who managed to travel across the [[CrapsackWorld hell of the Wasteland]] in order to bring his newborn safely to a Vault. Then 19 years later, ''did it again''. * OohMeAccentsSlipping: While a wonderful actor, he might be the poster boy for this trope when attempting anything other than his native Irish. Both he and Creator/HarrisonFord have an especially {{egregious}} case of this in ''K19TheWidowmaker'', which explains that cutaway joke on ''FamilyGuy'' about kids not knowing about sex ed being as lost and confused as Liam Neeson trying to do an American accent. ** That said, he does normally tone his accent ''way'' down in most of his films. In real life his accent is much, much stonger and a touch harder. * PapaWolf: His role in ''Film/{{Taken}}'' was a quite brutal version of the trope, in which an ex CIA agent goes to ''huge'' extremes to save his kidnapped daughter from being sold into prostitution. ** Ain't the only time, either. He's played Jean Valjean of ''Film/LesMiserables1998'', a role in which being Papa Wolf is a requirement. * PlayingAgainstType: A mild version -- in the fact-based drama ''Five Minutes of Heaven'', the Roman Catholic Neeson played a Protestant killer (and the Protestant James Nesbitt played the Catholic brother of his victim). Both actors are actually from Northern Ireland. ** And then there's ''Film/{{Taken}}'', where ''Liam Neeson'' plays a [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]] {{expy}}. *** You mean he's not like that in [[RealityIsUnRealistic Real Life?!]] ** Also, any time he plays the villain. It's not very common. [[spoiler:This is specifically why he was chosen to be [[BigBad Ra's al Ghul]] in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', because they thought it would shock fans that Liam was the true villain]]. * SesameStreetCred: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDJe8IP8A0 Doing his best Count von Count!]] * SoMyKidsCanWatch: He signed onto ''ClashOfTheTitans'' solely because his two sons were into ClassicalMythology and thought it would be cool to see their dad play Zeus. * StrokeCountry: He was born and raised in Northern Ireland. * TheTroubles: Has done roles encompassing both the all-Ireland Troubles of 1919-1923 and the Northern Ireland Troubles of 1969-1998. ** In Ireland, Neeson is primarily known not for ''SchindlersList'', or even ''StarWars'', but for ''MichaelCollins'', which was not widely seen abroad but was a huge, huge hit with Irish viewers, since Collins is often considered a national hero there. * TypeCasting: He has a vocation for TheMentor -- ''ThePhantomMenace'' (where he's TheObiWan for Obi-Wan Kenobi himself!), ''Film/BatmanBegins, KingdomOfHeaven, GangsOfNewYork, ClashOfTheTitans, ChroniclesOfNarnia''... ---- -->"[[{{Film/Taken}} I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. What I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.]]"[[redirect:Creator/LiamNeeson]]
26th May '13 7:29:39 PM CoughDropz
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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: While a wonderful actor, he might be the poster boy for this trope when attempting anything other than his native Irish. Both he and Creator/HarrisonFord have an especially {{egregious}} case of this in ''K19TheWidowmaker''.
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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: While a wonderful actor, he might be the poster boy for this trope when attempting anything other than his native Irish. Both he and Creator/HarrisonFord have an especially {{egregious}} case of this in ''K19TheWidowmaker''.''K19TheWidowmaker'', which explains that cutaway joke on ''FamilyGuy'' about kids not knowing about sex ed being as lost and confused as Liam Neeson trying to do an American accent.
18th May '13 12:24:51 PM Tuckerscreator
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Liam John Neeson (born 1952) is a multi-award winning actor originally from StrokeCountry. Has a long and multi-faceted career, from serious drama (as Oskar Schindler in ''Film/SchindlersList'') to fantasy (the voice of Aslan in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'') to action (Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}'') to Sci-Fi (Qui-Gon Jinn in ''StarWars Episode 1: ThePhantomMenace''), to historical film (''RobRoy'', ''MichaelCollins''). Recently voiced Fujimoto, the dad of the eponymous character in ''{{Ponyo}}''. Also said to have been the inspiration behind Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fame.
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Liam John Neeson (born 1952) is a multi-award winning actor originally from StrokeCountry. Has a long and multi-faceted career, from serious drama (as Oskar Schindler in ''Film/SchindlersList'') to fantasy (the voice of Aslan in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'') ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'') to action (Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}'') to Sci-Fi (Qui-Gon Jinn in ''StarWars Episode 1: ThePhantomMenace''), to historical film (''RobRoy'', ''MichaelCollins''). Recently voiced Fujimoto, the dad of the eponymous character in ''{{Ponyo}}''.''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea''. Also said to have been the inspiration behind Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fame.
30th Apr '13 10:17:52 PM damus2300
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*TheComicallySerious
26th Apr '13 7:39:26 PM XFllo
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* HotDad: In real life (see above) and on film. ** Even invoked InUniverse as the player character's father in VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}.

* NiceGuy: In Real life and often in Films.
12th Apr '13 11:17:17 AM barretxiii
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* CannotTellAJoke: His deep serious monotone voice is parodied in this ''LifesTooShort'' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKTh7zBIcrM Link]].
3rd Apr '13 2:37:55 AM Aquila89
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Liam Neeson is a multi-award winning actor originally from StrokeCountry. Has a long and multi-faceted career, from serious drama (as Oskar Schindler in ''Film/SchindlersList'') to fantasy (the voice of Aslan in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'') to action (Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}'') to Sci-Fi (Qui-Gon Jinn in ''StarWars Episode 1: ThePhantomMenace''), to historical film (''RobRoy'', ''MichaelCollins''). Recently voiced Fujimoto, the dad of the eponymous character in ''{{Ponyo}}''. Also said to have been the inspiration behind Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fame.
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Liam John Neeson (born 1952) is a multi-award winning actor originally from StrokeCountry. Has a long and multi-faceted career, from serious drama (as Oskar Schindler in ''Film/SchindlersList'') to fantasy (the voice of Aslan in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'') to action (Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}'') to Sci-Fi (Qui-Gon Jinn in ''StarWars Episode 1: ThePhantomMenace''), to historical film (''RobRoy'', ''MichaelCollins''). Recently voiced Fujimoto, the dad of the eponymous character in ''{{Ponyo}}''. Also said to have been the inspiration behind Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fame.
20th Mar '13 4:20:19 PM TompaDompa
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He's been getting cast as either [[Film/{{Taken}} brutal antiheroes]] or outright [[BatmanBegins villains]] recently. Of course, he's known in Real life as being one of the sweetest men in the world.
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He's been getting cast as either [[Film/{{Taken}} brutal antiheroes]] or outright [[BatmanBegins [[Film/BatmanBegins villains]] recently. Of course, he's known in Real life as being one of the sweetest men in the world.
23rd Feb '13 7:54:11 AM HawaiiKnut
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Had? I mean he still has.
** BadassBaritone: Had a distinct deep, gruffy voice.
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** BadassBaritone: Had Has a distinct deep, gruffy voice.
21st Feb '13 2:53:57 PM HawaiiKnut
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** BadassBaritone: Had a distinct deep, gruffy voice.

* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He's been getting cast as either antiheroes or outright villains recently. Of course, he's known in Real life as being one of the sweetest men in the world.
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He's been getting cast as either antiheroes [[Film/{{Taken}} brutal antiheroes]] or outright villains [[BatmanBegins villains]] recently. Of course, he's known in Real life as being one of the sweetest men in the world.
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