Liam Neeson Reveals What Makes Him Feel Like a Wimp

Liam Neeson, Action Star Reveals What Makes Him a Wimp
Liam Neeson
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09/18/2014 AT 06:45 PM EDT

While he's reinvented himself as a bona fide badass action hero onscreen in recent years, there is one thing that alarms Liam Neeson.

"I'm a wimp about heights. I just am," Neeson, 62, told PEOPLE Wednesday at the Cinema Society's premiere of A Walk Among the Tombstones in New York City.

"We're all just human, aren't we? Somebody might freak out over a snake or a spider. I don't – I pick spiders up and put them outside and stuff," he says. "But put me on a chair to fix a lamp or something and then, boom."

And the actor – who is dad to sons Micheal, 19, and Daniel, 18, with late wife Natasha Richardson – isn't ready to retire his superman status just yet.

"It's like being a kid in a toyshop," Neeson told reporters of his action-packed roles. "They're offering them … I try and do the good ones. It's not going to last forever, so I'm hanging out while the sun's shining."

Reporting by HAIWEN LU

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