Liam Neeson Reprises Taken Character To Send Comedy Threat To Putin

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March 9, 2014 | 9:40pm EST

Liam Neeson channelled his Taken character as a former CIA agent during a surprise appearance on sketch show Saturday Night Live this weekend to jokingly threaten Russian President Vladimir Putin over the military invasion of the Ukraine.
The Northern Irish star opened Saturday’s program by appearing alongside funnyman Jay Pharoah, as President Barack Obama, and condemning Putin for sending in troops to the Crimea in a parody of his action character Bryan Mills.
In his gruff movie voice, Neeson said, “Recently, I got a very disturbing call. Crimea had been taken. I hate it when things are taken.
“Mr. Putin. Vladimir. I’ve never met you. I don’t have experience in international diplomacy. But what I do have is a very particular set of skills. Skills that would make me a nightmare for someone like you… By which I mean I’m an actor. In Hollywood. With a lot of connections.”
Neeson’s cameo kicked off an episode of hilarious spoofs as Girls star Lena Dunham served as the guest host and poked fun at her penchant for getting naked onscreen.
In her opening monologue, she quipped, “I am so honored to be here hosting SNL and it’s also really intimidating to be up here on this stage. But there is an old saying, if you’re nervous about giving a speech, just imagine the audience naked. Or at least imagine they haven’t seen you naked.”
She later stripped off to portray Biblical figure Eve as she eats the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, asking God, “Can you please not apple shame me right now? Seriously, I know I committed original sin, but at least it’s original. I think I deserve some credit for that. Or at least a publishing deal.”
Dunham also fulfilled her dream of appearing on TV drama Scandal by playing ‘Gladiator’ newcomer Kelsey in an amusing parody, opposite comedienne Sasheer Zamata as Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope character.

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