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Liam Neeson – The News of Chihuahua – Between the lines

One of the most unique transformations in cinema in recent years is the belated rise to an action star of Liam Neeson, who now presents the border thriller “The Marksman” and who was not shy about attacking the president’s ideas. of the United States, Donald Trump.

“Trump’s policies on the border have been an abomination,” said the veteran actor.

After adrenaline hits like “Taken” (2008) or “Unknown” (2011), Neeson continues with the shotgun on his shoulder and eager to be a solo vigilante in “The Marksman”, a Robert Lorenz film (“Trouble with the Curve ”, 2012) that opens on Friday in the United States and in which the Latin actors Juan Pablo Raba, Teresa Ruiz and Jacob Pérez appear.

“The Marksman”, with an obvious “Eastwoodian” scent, presents Neeson as a rancher in Arizona who leads a quiet life, already with his experience in the Vietnam War far away and with little interest in what happens on the other side. from the border.

But his situation changes completely when he meets Rosa (Ruiz) and her son Miguel (Pérez), who have crossed to the neighboring country to the north. fleeing from violence and a lethal criminal (Raba), and whom he will try to help to flee from danger.

Question: In recent years you have become an action film expert. When you read the script for “The Marksman,” what did you find different from other films in the genre?

Answer: “Well, I think the subject of the film 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 has a commitment 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 is part western and also part “road-movie” (road movie). I didn’t have to think about it after reading it. I thought, ‘Yeah, I really must do this.’

And it reminded me of some of the Clint Eastwood movies from the early ’80s.

Q: You have been a great critic of the US President, Donald Trump. What do you expect from Joe Biden’s policies on immigration and the border?

A: “People have to be treated like human beings. I don’t want to get into a whole political mess, but I think the “Trumpist” policies of 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 is inhumanity ”.

Q: You have collaborated with many Latino actors on this movie. One of them is the Colombian Juan Pablo Raba. What was it like working with him and measuring yourself to him on this film?

A: “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 uncover 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. And Juan Pablo is such a good actor that he was able to put those layers on the character: he was not just a villain ”.