Esteemed actor Liam Neeson has just recently assumed the role of action star a little later in life than most of Hollywood's macho men and the stars of his new movie 'Unknown' revealed the cause of this transformation on the red carpet of the movie premiere.
"I didn't really consider him an action star until recently," confessed January Jones. In the past three years Neeson starred in 'Taken,' 'Clash of the Titans' and 'The A-Team.'
Jones noted the contradictory sides of Neeson as a component that makes him particularly interesting to watch as an action star.
"He's obviously a very physically powerful man in stature and, I think, his voice and the way he comes across but then there's also a vulnerability and a relatablility to him that people can empathize with."
"Well, he's really tall for one," Diane Kruger said about her co-star who stands at over six-feet tall. "There's something to be said about a more mature man who just... you can see in his eyes that he's experienced a lot of terrible stuff."
Almost two years ago Neeson lost his wife Natasha Richardson after a skiing accident in Canada.
'Unknown' shows how far one man is willing to go to reclaim his life when his identity is stolen. Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) must seek the help of a young woman (Kruger) to help him find out how and why another man (Aidan Quinn) has taken his name and his wife (Jones) when he wakes up after a car accident and his wife doesn't recognize him.
ET got the Oscar-nominated actor to spill his secret to keeping up with the physical strain these roles can put on him at this stage in his career: "I always kept fit," said the 58-year-old actor. "That's part of my regular, daily routine."
'Unknown' hits theaters February 18. Watch the video to find out how Neeson landed a role in the upcoming 'The Hangover Part II.'