Liam Neeson is undoubtedly known for his skills as an action star, but it turns out the Hollywood actor has another remarkable talent—boxing! And what better way to honor that talent than by having it highlighted by none other than iconic boxing legend Mike Tyson.
Tyson, an undisputed heavyweight champion, shared a short video on his Facebook page of an interview with Liam Neeson in which he admits to being an amateur boxer. “Liam [Neeson] talks about being an amateur boxer,” Tyson wrote in the caption.
In the video, Neeson revealed that he first began boxing at the age of nine when a priest started a local club, the All Saints Boxing Club, which he says still runs strong today. And upon being questioned on his ability as a boxer, Neeson, 63, modestly replied, “I was competent as a boxer.” Moreover, after informing that he won a senior boxing championship thrice, the actor continued to downplay his achievement.
Neeson also shared a story of how he got his nose broken once and his trainer simply snapped it back into place then and there. He went on to show off his funny side when he cited the reason for quitting as, “It started to hurt.”
With 50,000 views in three hours, Mike Tyson’s post sure got the attention of Neeson’s fans. One user even wrote a twist on the actor’s famous Taken dialogue, writing, “Liam Neeson as a boxer would be ‘I don’t know who you are…I don’t know what you want…but what I do have is a particular set of skills…skills I have acquired from a long career in boxing…if you let me win now that will be the end of it…but if you don’t, I will look for you…I will find you…and I WILL KO you!!’”
Like Liam Neeson, there are a few other notable actors who have used boxing training to take their roles to the next level:
- Jake Gyllenhaal: He reportedly went through months of grueling training to prepare for his role as a boxer in the 2015 film Southpaw.
- Daniel Day-Lewis: He trained with former boxing champ Barry McGuigan to prep for the lead in the 1997 blockbuster The Boxer.
- Robert DeNiro: He portrayed boxer Jake LaMotta in 1980’s Raging Bull by Martin Scorsese and actually trained with the real-life LaMotta.
- Mark Wahlberg: He supposedly started training for his boxing role in 2010’s The Fighter two years before he actually started filming the movie.
Mike Tyson’s Facebook page, last accessed October 7, 2015.
“10 actors who took their boxing roles very seriously indeed,” The Telegraph web site, last accessed October 7, 2015.