'Darkman' | 1990

After years in supporting roles, Liam Neeson got his first high-profile starring role in director Sam Raimi's first take on superheroes. In the film, Neeson played scientist Dr. Peyton Westlake, who was left horribly scarred after a run-in with thugs. His character has a formula for synthetic skin that allows him to hide behind masks but that skin breaks down in sunlight -- hence the "dark" part of Darkman. The film was a modest success and spawned two direct-to-video sequels.

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After years in supporting roles, Liam Neeson got his first high-profile starring role in director Sam Raimi's first take on superheroes. In the film, Neeson played scientist Dr. Peyton Westlake, who was left horribly scarred after a run-in with thugs. His character has a formula for synthetic skin that allows him to hide behind masks but that skin breaks down in sunlight -- hence the "dark" part of Darkman. The film was a modest success and spawned two direct-to-video sequels.

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