Since “Taken”, people have been waiting quite long for a movie where Liam Neeson takes the bad guys on in action packed way. Their wait is finally over because “Hard Power” is in production. Though people are excited about the movie, some are trying very hard to stop the movie from premiering in their country.
In the movie, Liam Neeson is a snow-plow driver who is an honest working man. He gets into altercation with the area’s crime boss when his son is killed. The movie met with resistance when the Canadian parks service refused access for shooting in their area. The trouble here is within the movie’s plot where the movies villain is actually played by Tom Jackson who is a musician and First Nations actor.
According to Mark Royce, who is the movies location managers, they had called the park service for the location and were told that they would call us back after deciding with the other members. Later, they called us and asked, “Is the person who is playing the leader of the rival gang in this picture of First Nations?”. When Mark replied with a yes, they denied any access saying that they would not want to offend people with any kind of false depictions.
Though the Canadian park service told them they would get back to them with their final decision, it was evident from their tone that they had grave concerns about how the movie’s plot will affect the people.
In all this drama, Jackson was disappointed in how the matter was handled. He protested by saying, “I have taken a strong stance to ensure that the humility and integrity of First Nation roles do not cross the line of disrespect to my culture”.
He said that in no way will the Canadians be insulted by the script and regardless of it, the movie will be made. He further told them that it’s up to us to whether deprive our own country or help them build. There have been no comments from Liam Neeson’s side. We presume he’s busy getting into his character.