His credits at Dublin's Abbey Theatre include: in Lennie in "Of Mice and Men" based on the novel by John Steinbeck
(1980), "I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell" a new play by Bernard Farrell, "The Death of Humpty Dumpty" a new play by Graham Reid
, "Juno and the Paycock" by Sean O'Casey
, Shakespare's "The Winter's Tale" (all 1979), "...
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[on losing the role of Lincoln
(2012)] I don't feel sad about it, and I have no regrets whatsoever. There comes a point where you think "I'm past my sell-by date" and I passed that about three years ago. It's just like a light switch went off in my head: it just wasn't for me anymore. I'd lived with it too long and there was a process happening: Steven [Steven Spielberg
] would do something else ...
For a couple of years, he was the original choice to play the lead role in Lincoln
(2012), which would reunite his partnership with Steven Spielberg
after their massive success with Schindler's List
(1993). However, due to the many delays with the filming, Neeson felt he was too old for the role and he turned down, which went to Daniel Day-Lewis
, who won his third Oscar for the role.