Sean Penn is adamant he has no plans to follow in Liam Neeson’s footsteps by becoming an older action hero and has urged fans to stop drawing comparisons between the pair.
The star takes on a more action-packed role in new movie The Gunman, which is directed by Pierre Morel – the man who relaunched Neeson as a Hollywood hardman in 2008 thriller Taken.
The connection has prompted many reviewers to suggest Penn is taking his career in a similar direction to Neeson, but the Oscar winner is adamant he has no plans to become an ageing blockbuster hero.
He tells the Associated Press, “I think Liam Neeson is fantastic. I love Liam Neeson. But he’s a six foot four, melodically voiced, masculine figure who is a very good man who’s only there to take care of the people he loves. I am a five foot nine, highly conflicted man who’s principally taking care of himself… I’m aware of the framing (of Neeson) in the culture, but has nobody noticed Harrison Ford all of those years? There’ve been a lot of ‘geri-action’ heroes… It’s not like all of a sudden I’m going to start running around in action movies all over the place.”