In 2008, Liam Neeson joined the cast of “Taken”. A shoot that gives him a new filmic identity: that of the aging and ultra-violent action man. For the occasion, Liam Neeson took part in his first French shoot: an experience he adored.
Taken : Liam Neeson in angry mode
In 2008, Pierre Morel directs the first episode of the trilogy Taken. Today cult action film, Taken saw Liam Neeson leave the United States to save his daughter, played by Maggie Grace, kidnapped by a kidnapper in Paris. Taken quickly became a benchmark. Whether for his action sequences, or the equally muscular lines of Liam Neeson. At the box office, the feature film grossed more than $ 226 million in revenue, for a small budget of $ 25 million. A positive result that prompted EuropaCorp to produce two suites, which were released in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
Liam Neeson has fond memories of his French shoot
Even if Taken is worn by Liam Neeson, this is a French production. Produced by EuropaCorp, Luc Besson’s company, the production of the feature film was given to Pierre Morel, a French filmmaker who distinguished himself in 2004 with District 13. Since Taken in 2008, the filmmaker made a series of films in english with for example From Paris with Love, Gunman or the recent Peppermint. Much of the filming therefore takes place in Paris. Thus allowing a French team to manage this shoot in the capital. Pierre Morel tried to faithfully reproduce the city of Paris:
I especially did not want a stylized image, nor a cosmetic Paris. I wanted to achieve a raw effect, which looks like real Paris. The idea was to achieve the most realistic result possible.
Liam Neeson, who is still used to big American productions, therefore, has time to Taken, been able to experience French filming. An experience that left him with good memories, as he explained at the time:
A good point: the strong female presence within the team, explains the actor. I’m very sensitive to the combined energy of men and women on set, but English or American shoots usually have an overwhelming majority of male collaborators. I also appreciated the French schedules, very civilized! The working days, divided between the rehearsals of the fights and the filming, remained exhausting, but we had the comfort of an entire night to recover. Without forgetting the pleasure I took in tasting the quality of Parisian life …
Obviously the actor appreciated the french lifestyle, but also work conditions, more civilized than in the USA. Liam Neeson therefore painted a very positive portrait of our City of Light and our way of life. Taken can be found tonight on W9. The opportunity to relive once again Liam Neeson’s muscular chase against time.