Saturday, January 08, 2005

profiles in knighthood: Liam Neeson

The true Dark Knight is not Batman. It's Liam Neeson. I realized this after watching the preview for a movie called "Kingdom of Heaven," which appears to chronicle some aspect of the Crusades, and is bound to draw a lot of Muslim and Christian ire.

You've seen Liam (it's short for "William," in case you didn't know) as Jedi Master Qui Gon Jinn in "The Phantom Menace." The following pic says it all: Neeson is obviously thinking, "What the fuck am I doing in this movie?" Ewan MacGregor is too ashamed even to face the camera directly.

Here's Neeson in this year's "Batman Begins," again doing the knightly thing, teaching a reluctant Christian Bale the ways of the Force by attempting to julienne his head.

And here he is in "Kingdom of Heaven," with a hairy Legolas in the background:

I tried my best to find a picture of Neeson in his first major film role-- that of Sir Gawain in the 1981 cult hit "Excalibur," but this is about as close as I got:

It's a Shatnerian moment, to be sure.


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