When a former spy's 17-year-old daughter is kidnapped and forced into the slave trade while vacationing in Paris, he puts his old skills to use in order to save her. Recently, ReelzChannel sat down with Liam Neeson to talk about playing the father at the center of this action-packed thriller.
ReelzChannel: So tell us about former agent Bryan Mills.
Neeson: The character I play ... used to have a career in a very covert organization that many countries throughout the world have ... men who occasionally are sent to do things in other countries. My guy, Bryan, used to be one of those.
RC: Did the role let you play out 007 fantasies?
Neeson: No, I don't -- never had fantasies of playing James Bond. But it's good to fire guns and drive cars really fast, go after bad guys, ya know?
RC: Could you relate to your character?
Neeson: There's a side of me that does not like the physical violence that this character chooses. But he is confronted with something that's -- it's either kill or be killed. And he just goes all out to try and save his daughter. That's just interesting to play.
RC: What was it like working with Maggie Grace?
Neeson: She's incredibly talented. Any scenes we've done, she's absolutely there, 100 percent. All of her emotions are there for you to play with.
RC: How was it working with the novice director Pierre Morel?
Neeson: But I don't think Pierre is novice at all. He's steeped in cinema from years of working with Luc Besson ... and he's very, very skilled. I think he has a real, intuitive feel for directing, and directing actors, and he operates the camera as well in this film.