Naked Gun Reboot — Liam Neeson Is Nervous About the Comedy

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The Big Picture Liam Neeson is an acclaimed dramatic actor and, in his later years, an icon for his work in the 'geri-action' genre but he's taking a step into a world that will be unfamiliar to many of his fans. Neeson is set to step into the iconic shoes of Leslie Nielsen's Frank Drebin in the highly anticipated reboot of The Naked Gun.

"Well, obviously, the script has got to be funny and have a kind of a theme, a kind of a story, albeit quite loose, going through the script rather than just a series of gags, which can get boring very, very quickly. Yes, I'm honored to be offered the part of Frank Drebin, and a little bit nervous about it because I've done a couple of skits before that were just very short TV things, but this would be, I don't know, 95, 100 minutes of a film.

"I'll do my own thing. I remember Leslie very well," said Neeson. "I love those films. Especially that first, Airplane! You know, “Don't call me Shirley.” Just that line alone, I think, changed Leslie's career up until he passed away."

 

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