Liam Neeson thinks he can carry on as an action star for a few more years because ''60 is the new 40''.

The 62-year-old actor has reinvented himself in the last decade as a big screen tough guy with roles in films such as 'Taken', 'Batman Begins', 'The A-Team' and 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' and he hopes to continue in the genre.

He said: ''With the action stuff, well, 60 is the new 40, so I'm not going to complain ... I hope to be doing this (acting) when I'm 90, you know.''

Although Liam was a latecomer to hardman roles she did take the hard sport of boxing when he was a child in Ballymena, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland.

The Hollywood star did well as an amateur but admits he didn't have enough punch power to make it as a pro just like his boxing hero Manny Pacquiao.

Liam - who narrates new documentary movie 'Manny' about multi-time world champion - told The Guardian newspaper: ''I was an amateur boxer. I won a few titles. Looking back, I'd say I was competent. I wasn't a knockout specialist. I had a good left jab and I just used that a lot. Not exactly a crowd-pleaser.''