Can “the Pride of Ballymena play a bred-in-the-bone New Yorker” like Matt Scudder in the 1992 crime novel A Walk Among the Tombstones? Scudder's creator, Lawrence Block, who points out that Neeson is an American citizen and New Yorker now, asks and answers emphatically:
I saw a final cut of the film six months ago, and loved it. Liam is Matthew Scudder; he embodies the role perfectly, and his screen presence is commanding. Scott's [writer and director Scott Frank's] script is true to the spirit of the novel while incorporating changes that enable it to work on the screen. (And he's retained a great deal of my dialogue, and it's a treat to hear those lines come out of Liam's mouth.)
Opens September 19th in the U.S. (a week later in the U.K.) Oh, yes, think we're in. You?
Liam Neeson as Matthew Scudder–be still my heart!
An odd casting choice. Although I have no problem seeing him as a natural in the role of Mick Ballou, Matt’s troubled gangster friend. Go figure.