During the promotion of the film The Marksman, a thriller set on the border between Mexico and the United States, actor Liam Neeson lashed out at the ideas of the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
« Trump’s policies on the border have been an abomination, » said the actor, who has risen to the top of the big screen thanks to such movie hits as Relentless Search (2008) and Unknown (2011).
Neeson continues with the shotgun on his shoulder and eager to be a solo vigilante in The Marksman, a film by Robert Lorenz that opens on Friday in the United States and in which the Latino actors appear Juan Pablo Raba, Teresa Ruiz and Jacob Perez.
The Marksman presents Neeson as a rancher in Arizona who leads a quiet life, already with his experience in the Vietnam War far away and with very little interest in what happens on the other side of the border.
But his situation changes completely when he meets Rosa (Ruiz) and her son Miguel (Pérez), who have crossed into the United States fleeing the violence and a deadly criminal (Raba), and whom he will try to help flee from the danger.
In recent years he has become an action film expert. When you read the script for The Marksman, what did you find different from other films in the genre?
Well, I think the subject of the movie is very topical with all the horrors that have been happening on the border with Mexico in the last three or four years. I am a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and the story moved me in that regard.
I felt that this is a film that is clairvoyant and that it is also about two people who would be only statistics, but who are flesh and blood, who are human beings with hearts and ambitions. The mother is committed to her son, and they are trying to escape extreme violence in their own country, in their own town. As for my character, he is very reserved.
I thought it was kind of like a love story and it appealed to me a lot. I thought it was beautifully written. It’s part western and also part road-movie (road movie). I didn’t have to think about it after reading it. I thought, « Yes, I really must do this. » And it reminded me of some of the Clint Eastwood movies from the early ’80s.
He has been a great critic of the US President, Donald Trump. What do you expect from Joe Biden’s policies on immigration and the border?
People have to be treated like human beings. I don’t want to get into a whole political mess, but I think Trump’s policies in the last three years have been an abomination.
There are still 495 missing children who are separated from their parents (the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU said in October that 545 children had not yet been reunited with their families). It is simply overwhelming. It’s inhumanity.
He has collaborated with many Latino actors on this film. One of them is the Colombian Juan Pablo Raba. What was it like working with him and measuring yourself to him on this film?
Oh, I love Juan Pablo … We became good colleagues. You know? It gave the villain (from the movie) these other layers and these other levels that I hadn’t seen when I read the script. I don’t want to gut anything on the tape, but we have a showdown towards the end. And when I saw the movie, I found it very moving.
I thought this guy (Raba’s character) had joined the gangs when he was Miguel’s age, about 10 or 11 years old. This is the only life he has ever known: he had no choice. When Juan Pablo says that it really brought tears to my eyes, really. Especially when we did that scene we were just two men who were soldiers, at opposite points with respect to each other, on opposite sides, but there was respect there.