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Clive Standen has the intimidating task of taking on the Bryan Mills character that Liam Neeson popularized with the Taken films. The greatest strength behind Taken as a TV series lies in its decision to put an emphasis on immersive storytelling and characterizations.

“What’s so special about Taken and Alex Cary’s (show’s writer/executive producer) writing is I think life is interesting as it is without putting the lacquer on top of it,” said Standen, whose previous TV work includes Vikings and Camelot. “And there are a lot of network shows that make everyone look beautiful and pretty and everybody’s perfect. People jump through windows and they get up and they look like they’re in a L’Oreal hair commercial and they’re carrying on. I personally am bored of that and that’s what drew me to take this part on and drive forward with Alex’s vision of just making it real.”

In the video below, Standen explains why he thinks Taken is a “new breed” of action.

Taken, co-starring Jennifer Beals, airs Monday nights on NBC (10 pm et/pt).

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