I like Liam Nesson. I like how he portrays quiet, reflective, even self-effacing characters in movies — then just straight up murders everyone when finally provoked. There’s a dichotomy in that that I find beautiful. Even when his body count reaches a third of the population of San Diego, he still comes across as just being so goddam NICE. (I was taken with “Taken.”)
I didn’t laud “The Grey” quite as much as other filmgoers. I really, really liked it, but its message seemed lost on me … is the film telling us it is better to give up? Not to try? Why the various defeatist plot resolutions throughout the film?
Anyway — about the poem. The Internet Movie Data Base message boards tell us that it has countless fans, many of whom ask about its origin. Answer — it was written specifically for the film, my director and screenwriter Joe Carnahan.
Here it is:
Once more into the fray
Into the last good fight I’ll ever know,
Live and diie on this day.
Live and die on this day.