By Christopher Rosen
Updated December 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST

Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills, but playing Santa Claus appears just outside of his wheelhouse.

On Friday night’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Neeson dressed as Jolly Old Saint Nick for a sketch built around the actor’s audition to play a mall Santa.

“I see you when you’re sleeping. I know when you’re awake,” Neeson growls in the bit, later explaining to an unseen producer that his intimidating tone is warranted because Santa is very detail oriented.

After threatening to kill the reindeer who ran over grandma, Neeson added a holiday pun to the sketch as a kicker: “Release the Kringle.” The Kraken better watch out.

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