It’s Starting to Feel Like All of Hollywood’s Action Heroes Are Old Guys
id you hear, Liam Neeson is out with a new movie.
It’s called The Commuter, and it’s definitely, absolutely, 100 percent not part of the Taken franchise, although, it looks very very much like it. There’s all the requisite fight scenes coupled with gritty close-ups of a worldweary Neeson looking very weary indeed. “I’m 60 years old,” he says several times during the movie.
And it shows.
It’s a great reminder that Neeson, while he’s great at kicking ass and taking names is an older actor – a sexagenarian, to be precise. He’s not the only action star that’s well into his middle age.
Tom Cruise, despite his eerily boyish good looks, is 55, Will Smith, 49, Keanu Reeves is 53, Jackie Chan is 63, Bruce Willis, 62, and Arnold Schwarzenneger is a very healthy 70 years old.
In fact, all of these men entered their action careers as early as the 80’s and all of them are still at it, with Schwarzenneger recently releasing a trailer for his newest venture, Killing Gunther, a film about a group of idiots who set out to kill a legendary hit man.
Most, if not all of them remain headliners, each one anchoring his own movie or franchise, with audiences paying the big (or semi big) bucks to see them in their milieu.
You can’t help but wonder, though, if it gets tiring. Most can’t do their own stunts like they used to, and if they insist, it’s to their own, or the studio’s folly. Watching them ply the same trade they have for the past three decades begs the question, where are the new crop of action stars?