Liam Neeson’s ‘Taken’ Franchise Is Keeping American Tourists Away from Europe [WATCH VIDEO]
It looks like the European tourism industry holds no love for Hollywood A-lister Liam Neeson ever since his “Taken” franchise spurred a fear of holiday kidnapping in the world’s oldest and most-refined civilization.
With “Taken 3” soon to hit theaters on Jan. 9, 2015, Liam Neeson is despairing over the fact that his “particular set of skills” don’t include promoting Europe as a tourist destination.
With the “Taken” movies highlighting organized crime groups and kidnapping in this prominent continent, the veteran Irish actor has admitted to receiving a lot of mail from his fans confessing their fear of travelling to Europe ever since the first “Taken” took the big screen by storm.
“Just the other day I got a letter from a school teacher in Texas who had tried to take 60 students to Europe and the families of 40 of them got the kids out of it because they had seen Taken 2,” Neeson told Graham Norton, as published on The Hollywood Report. “And then this year she wanted to take 20 of them and the parents all said, ‘No, because we’ve seen that movie!’”
The “Schindler’s List” Oscar winner further revealed he wouldn’t have continued with a third installation of “Taken” had he known he would be instilling European travel horror in his fans.
“I said I wouldn’t do a third one if someone got taken. It’s insulting to an audience as well as me. It’s a good storyline and I’m the hunted instead of the hunter,” he further added.
In the “Taken” films, Neeson plays an ex-CIA operative who takes matters in his own hands following the kidnapping of his daughter and her friend in Paris (“Taken 1”) and his wife in Istanbul (“Taken 2”). In this third installment, he reprises his role of former government secret agent, Bryan Mills, who goes on the run from the LAPD, the FBI and the CIA after he is accused of (*spoiler alert*) murdering his wife.
The new film, which also stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, is set in Los Angeles this time around. Watch the trailer here and tell us what you think:
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