Why It’s The Best:
He appears in just one scene, but Neeson’s character sets the entire plot of
Next Three Days
in motion. As Damon Pennington, he’s an ex-con who’s broken out of jail seven times.
Cracked and world weary, Neeson’s portrayal of Damon is a blistering piece of character work. Who cares about screen time stats when somebody’s this damned good?
In his one scene with Russell Crowe, Neeson reigns it in for a measured, kill-you-in-half-a-second performance.
“My character has successfully broken out of prison, so Russell seeks my advice. I’m very shady, very shady! I get motivated by good material; I don’t care what the genre is. Since
I’ve been offered a lot of action films.
The Next Three Days
is a beautiful, beautiful script. It was a chance to work with Russell Crowe, who I’ve never worked with before, so it was a no brainer for me, it was a terrific experience.”