I think he was quite fine in the role. Suggesting that he can only be useful in hard action movies would be suggesting that he should deliberately play into typecasting roles to build his career.
If anyone took the time to listen to some of the extras and director's commentary, this very detail is addressed, and it makes a lot of sense, imo.
His role in this movie *is* consistent with past movie projects from the standpoint that his character is a *doer* when something needs to be done. That's what I like about all of his movies. He's a strong character not just out of brute strength or physicality. He is a "doer" like John McClain is a "doer".
I enjoyed the link you provided. There is a particular point that is of great importance if not just to share with your kids if you are a parent:
Is there a lesson in all this?
The lesson here is that if you are a low person on the pole, someone who really has not involved themselves with drugs and you're dealing in any type [of] quantity, you're going to do the time for the guy above you and you're going to stay in jail. The real drug dealers don't go to jail. What they do is they have enough money to hire good attorneys, to make deals and to go out and set up everyone below them. So they'll get their reductions because they can turn around and have the ability to put someone in that spot. Where someone at the bottom of that pole has no ability, he's going to rot in jail, he's going to do his time. The real drug dealers don't do time.
This point cannot be overemphasized enough, imo, especially if you are a kid or young adult and you are presented with an opportunity that is "too good to be true".Edited by Mr. Hanky - 7/15/13 at 12:29pm