How many times have you been at a family get together and a drunk uncle – who’s one Jim Beam away from pissing in a potted plant in the hallway – has said “I am serious… And don’t call me Shirley”?
Even though anyone who utters that quote and thinks they’re the first (or second) person to do so may be the most annoying cretins on this planet, I can’t blame them, because they were first uttered by comedy icon Leslie Nielsen.
In 1988, Nielsen released The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, and even though I was barely a tingle in my father’s testicles at that time, it went on to become one of my favourite comedy movies of all time.
How can you remake this 80s classic for a modern audience? Get Liam Neeson and Seth MacFarlane involved, naturally. Actually, y’know what? No. Not naturally. That sounds mental as hell.
Speaking to People, the Taken star said “I’ve been approached by Seth MacFarlane and Paramount Studios to maybe resurrect the Naked Gun films.”
He added, “It’ll either finish my career or bring it in another direction. I honestly don’t know.” Don’t be so hard on yourself, Liam – if The Nut Job can’t finish your career, nothing can.
Much like the original Frank Drebin star, Leslie Nielsen, Liam began his career with – and is still mostly known for – his dramatic roles, especially within action movies, thanks to his stints in the Taken franchise, Non-Stop and The Commuter.
That’s not to say that Liam hasn’t dabbled in comedy, having starred in several Seth MacFarlane’s projects, like Ted 2 and A Million Ways to Die in the West.
If you thought Liam saying “I will look for you, I will find you… And I will kill you,” was iconic, wait until you hear him deliver the line “Nice beaver”.