Liam Neeson speaks out about his 'awful' behavior in the past
In the upcoming movie Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson plays an reputable citizen of a Rocky Mountain town who transforms himself into a brutal vigilante after his son is murdered by a drug gang. During a press junket for the film, the 66-year-old actor reflected on the concept of revenge, and spoke out about his 'awful' behavior in the past.
After learning that someone close to him was raped by a black person, Neeson says that he roamed the streets with a cosh (a thick heavy stick), hoping to get in a fight with a random black dude. "[The victim] handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way," Neeson told The Independent. "But my immediate reaction was ... did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person."
"I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody," he continued, as his publicist probably had a panic attack. "I’m ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week – hoping some [making air quotes with 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."
"It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that," the Taken star continued, while his publicist probably took a long drink of whiskey. "It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that. And I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid. It’s awful. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f*ck are you doing’, you know?"
Uh, yeah, Liam Neeson, what the f*ck are you doing? You're a Jedi Master!
On Twitter, several people expressed shock that the actor recounted such a disturbing story during a press junket. (I guess any publicity is good publicity?) "That Liam Neeson interview is just so saddening," wrote one disappointed fan. "It reinforces the idea that people of colour, and especially black men, are collectively responsible for the misdeeds of one. And that when a woman is sexually violated, it's a man who is left truly wounded."
Another Twitter user wondered, "Would Liam Neeson have that same energy if the attacker was white?"
Twitter users were mad enough to pick up a cosh and roam the streets, looking for an old Irish actor to fight. However, Neeson admitted his behavior was shameful during the interview, and does not advise going on a violent quest for revenge like the characters in his movies. "I understand that need for revenge," he stated, "but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing."
Well, who knew urges for racist revenge fell under Liam Neeson's "particular set of skills"?