Liam Neeson has been selected to be the epic Hero, Savior, Leader, Mentor or Father of our favorite on-screen characters. The film selections are diverse, and to most of them, Neeson is pinned as the great actor to bring the characters to life. Let’s have a look at GeekShizzle’s selection of films and characters for Liam Neeson.
1. Batman Begins – Henri Ducard
When Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) decided to travel and learn about the criminal underworld, he ended up in a Bhutanese prison, Henri Ducard offered to train him in the arts of stealth and fear as a member of the League of Shadows, led by Ra’s al Ghul. Ducard’s helping hand was one of the biggest influences to shape Wayne’s alter ego, Batman.
2. Star Wars – Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon Jinn is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. One of the primary characters in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he is the mentor of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the one who discovers Anakin Skywalker.
3. Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans – Zeus
Zeus is the “Father of Gods and men” who rules the Olympians of Mount Olympus as a father rules the family according to the ancient Greek religion, and modern Hellenic Polytheistic Reconstructionism. He is the god of sky and thunder in Greek mythology. Zeus’s son Perseus is A Hero and later King of Argos then Mykenai (in the Argolis, Southern Greece).
4. The A-Team – John “Hannibal” Smith
The A-Team is a group of ex-United States Army Special Forces who were wrongly convicted of a crime during the Vietnam War. Managing to escape from the military police, they fled to Los Angeles, where, as fugitives, the A-Team work as soldiers of fortune, using their military training to fight oppression or injustice. Hannibal as their leader, along with H.M Murdock (Sharlto Copley), B. A. Baracus (Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson), and Templeton “Faceman” Peck (Bradley Cooper) make up the A-Team.
5. Kingdom of Heaven – Godfrey of Ibelin
In 1184, Balian (Orlando Bloom), a simple French blacksmith, is haunted by his wife’s recent suicide. In Messina, Godfrey (Balian’s father) knights Balian and orders him to serve the King of Jerusalem and protect the helpless, before succumbing to his injuries. Balian became the unsung hero best known as the “defender of Jerusalem.”
6. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Aslan
Aslan is depicted as a talking lion, the King of Beasts, son of the Emperor-Over-the-Sea, lord of Narnia; a wise, compassionate, magical authority (both temporal and spiritual); mysterious and benevolent guide to the human children who visit; guardian and saviour of Narnia. The author, C. S. Lewis, described Aslan as an alternative version of Christ, that is, as the form in which Christ might have appeared in a fantasy world.
7. K-19: The Widowmaker – Captain 3rd Rank Mikhail “Misha” Polenin, Executive Officer
Based on a true story Captain 2nd Rank Alexei Vostrikov (Harrison Ford), Commanding Officer attempted to re-order the crew of the K-19 to submerge a submarine which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961, but Polenin interrupts him to say “Don’t order them; ask them.” Vostrikov saved the day by explaining: “If the reactor and the ballistic missiles explode while the K-19 is surfaced, the resulting nuclear blast will destroy not only the K-19 but also the nearby US navy ship and, most likely, the NATO base as well. As the K-19 has been unable to inform anyone in the outside world of her predicament, the United States, the Soviet Union, or anyone else will only know that a huge nuclear explosion has destroyed a U.S. warship and NATO base; that such a disaster could trigger World War III.” Needless to say Vostrikov did not submerge the submarine, allowing them enough time to patch-up the damage and abandon the vessel.
8. Gangs of new York -2002 “Priest” Vallon
“Priest” Vallon was the leader of the Dead Rabbits and the father of Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo Dicaprio), the protagonist in the 2002 film Gangs of New York. The Dead Rabbits were one of the many gangs of Irish immigrants in 19th century New York City. In 1846, his gang and several others engaged in battle with opposing rivals in the city. One gang leader in particular, Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day‑Lewis), the film’s antagonist was Priest’s rival who ended up killing him.
9. Schindler’s List – Oskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
10. Taken and Taken 2 – Bryan Mills
Bryan Mills is a retired CIA agent that travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter and ex-wife, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris and Istanbul. He single-handedly defeat and Albanese gang of human traffickers.
11. Pilgrim’s Progress – Jesus Christ
A series of stage roles led Neeson to be cast as Jesus Christ and Evangelist in the religious film, Pilgrim’s Progress in 1978.