Liam Neeson is currently facing an extreme amount of backlash.
In an interview with The Independent, Liam Neeson revealed that he used to go outside and wait a black person to do something like “talk to him” in the wrong way or “approach him” so that he could kill one. And that he used to leave the house and go outside specifically for that reason.
He says someone close to him got raped by a black man.
Liam Neeson, who’s known for films like “Taken”, said he was told about the rape after he came back from an oversees trip.
Liam Neeson said in the interview,
“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way. But my immediate reaction was I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.”
People online were already starting to show anger once he asked for the color of the person, and wonder if the woman had answered “White”, would he have reacted in the same way and gone outside to do the same to a white man, like himself.
“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be… approached by somebody. I’m ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week – hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”
His Co-Star Tom Bateman who was sitting beside his during the interview, was so shocked he just let out a “Holy Shit.”
“It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that. She would say, ‘Where are you going?’ and I would say, ‘I’m just going out for a walk.’ You know? ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘No no, nothing’s wrong.’”
He continued to say that what he did was awful, but in his “Regret” he didn’t even mention the racist aspect of it, he just went on to say,
“I understand that need for revenge, but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing.”
Neeson shared that personal story after he was asked to give insight on his new Cold Pursuit character Nels Coxman’s for revenge after his son is killed by a drug gang. “Cold Pursuit” is a new movie Liam Neeson is promoting.
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