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February 24, 2011, 01:26 PM
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From my review in Taki`s Magazine of Unknown with Liam Neeson:
Orson Welles once explained that he was, inevitably, what the Com?©die-Fran?§aise classified as a King Actor. "They weren`t necessarily the best actors; they were the actors who played the king." Welles had to be cast as the highest authority character "or I discombobulate the scenes," because the audience couldn`t figure out why he wasn`t in charge. Thus, the great man`s last role was as Unicron, the planet-sized chief bad guy in the 1986 cartoon Transformers: The Movie. "You know what I did this morning? I played the voice of a toy," Welles mused to his biographer shortly before his death. Similarly, in the 2007 blockbuster Transformers, Michael Bay directed his animators to model the good robots` wise leader Optimus Prime`s body language on today`s most imposing patriarchal presence, Liam Neeson. But the 6`4" actor`s apotheosis was the surprise 2009 hit Taken, in which Neeson plays an ex-CIA man whose daughter is kidnapped in Paris by Albanian sex slavers. Taken wasn`t a great movie, but it made a great trailer built around the Dangerous Dad`s speech to the head pimp promising, "I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
Read the whole thing there. By the way, veteran actor Bruno Ganz has a fun role in Unknown as a retired secret policeman turned private detective. Here`s a tribute to Bruno Ganz`s YouTube ubiquity that seemed pretty funny at 4 AM when I was writing this review. And here`s a more lowkey video that seemed pretty funny at 5 AM.