This is how it’s done, Mr President! Liam Neeson is brought in to show Obama how to be tough with Putin in hilarious SNL skit
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 9 March 2014
Desperate times call for desperate measures when it comes to the situation in the Ukraine and Crimea, and what better negotiator is there – in Hollywood, at least – than Liam Neeson?
The Taken actor and his unique set of skills made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend to deliver a funny message to Vladimir Putin that thriller fans were likely to recognize.
Spoofing his former CIA agent Taken character Bryan Mills, the 61-year-old helped Jay Pharaoh’s Barack Obama open the show, which was hosted by Girls star Lena Dunham.
Knock, knock: Liam Neeson was the surprise opening act of SNL on Saturday, doing a spoof of his infamous Taken speech
‘Star negotiator’ Liam Neeson meets with Jay Pharaoh’s Barack Obama
”Skills that would make me a nightmare for you’
Liam Neeson joins Jay Pharaoh on Saturday Night Live
Delivering the infamous speech he gives in the 2008 action flick to the men who have kidnapped his daughter – with quite a few changes – Neeson said: ‘Mr. Putin, Vladimir: I’ve never met you. I don’t have experience in international diplomacy, but what I do have is a very specific set of skills.’
‘Skills that would make me a nightmare for you.
‘By which I mean I’m an actor in Hollywood with a lot of connections.’
Then Neeson and Obama presentd their project, which was ‘written in a language [Putin] could understand’:
A video montage started where Obama engaged in the shirtless, animal-wrestling, motorbike-riding machismo that Putin has come to be defined by.
Obama appeals to Vladimir Putin ‘in a language he’ll understand’
Jay Pharaoh suggests Barack Obama take a more manly approach, like Putin
Vladimir Putin is a former Kung Fu competitor
From Kung Fu fighting to a battle with a bar, Obama has his work laid out for him by SNL
Russian President Vladimir Putin is now infamous for his dramatic displays of manliness, as seen in this widely-circulated picture from July 2013
The point was to send a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that America, too, can be tough. At least when it comes to acting tough.
‘Because the world needs this,’ Neeson and Pharaoh said in unison.
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