Liam Neeson: 'Taken' Has Put Americans off Traveling to Europe

Daniel McFadden - © 2014 EUROPACORP – M6 FILMS

The hostage-taking franchise doesn't exactly paint the most welcoming picture of the continent

Liam Neeson's particular set of skills don't seem to extend to promoting Europe as a travel destination. 

The Irish actor revealed he had received letters from Americans put off by the thought of traveling to Europe after watching the Taken franchise, which has hostage taking as its core theme. 

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Neeson said: "Just the other day, I got a letter from a schoolteacher in Texas who had tried to take 60 students to Europe, and the families of 40 of them got the kids out of it because they had seen Taken 2."

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"And then this year, she wanted to take 20 of them, and the parents all said, 'No, because we've seen that movie!' " he added. 

Neeson was on the show to promote the third installment of Taken, but he admitted he wouldn't have signed on for the threequel if the same ideas were revisited. "I said I wouldn't do a third one if someone got taken. It's insulting to an audience as well as me. It's a good storyline, and I'm the hunted instead of the hunter," he said. 

Neeson also made a rather funny yet scary promo for The Graham Norton Show, which you can see below. 

Taken 3 hits theaters on Jan. 9. 

 

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