The Next Liam Neeson? 4 Great Stories From Rising Star Frank Grillo

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Frank Grillo The Purge: Anarchy
He Wants To Be The Next Liam Neeson
Itís certainly an odd trend, but there is something about older action stars that audiences seem to be eating up these days. The whole thing can be traced back to Liam Neesonís performance in Taken, where the 56-year-old Northern Irish actor started whipping around a particular set of skills that made movie-goers absolutely fall in love with him as a professional badass. Now more than ever, the door is open for other older actors to try and find the same level of success Ė and thatís right now the career goal for the 51-year-old Frank Grillo.

The topic came up while discussing the physical preparation Grillo needed for The Purge: Anarchy - which actually resulted in him telling me that there was no actual physical preparation necessary. Instead, he keeps himself so in shape with boxing, Jujitsu, Cross Fit, running and other various exercises that at this point most stunt guys are trying to keep up with him.

"Iím doing this TV show where itís the world of MMA, and I know as much as the pros," Grillo explained. "I can roll with the pros, and I take pride in that. I love that, and itís who I am as a man, and itís who I am as an actor. I think itís interesting that people are starting to recognize that maybe Iím one of a handful of guys who can kind of pull something off at my age. Thereís plenty of young guys, so weíll see what happens."

Of course, Grillo actually had the experience of working right alongside Liam Neeson in the Joe Carnahan arctic thriller The Grey, and the two actors are actually friends. The Taken star even made a point to provide some advice.

"He tells me, ĎMake sure your knees stay good,í" Grillo said, laughing.
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