Liam Neeson has been quite candid in interviews recently. This past summer, Liam sat down with reporters and gave his honest opinion on the #MeToo movement, accusing of it – while being well-intentioned and probably good for the culture as a whole – of devolving into a “witch hunt.”
Liam, the star of the Taken franchise, sat down with journalists from the British newspaper, The Independent, and explained how a terrible occurrence with one of his family members led him to feel extremely racist thoughts toward black men.
According to the star, he roamed the streets for weeks in hopes of murdering a black person for revenge. However, Liam’s comments appeared to be a bit of an exaggeration for theatrical effect.
Published on Monday, the longtime Hollywood actor explained that he fought racist thoughts for a while when a family member told him she had been raped by a black man.
Liam explained that he never actually shared the story with anyone before, and the fact he shared it with a journalist would undoubtedly be problematic.
According to Fox News, the actor said that when he came back from touring, the Taken star explained that his anonymous relative had revealed her story and it was enraging for him to hear.
For weeks he supposedly wandered the streets, hoping that a person would try and get in a fight with him. Neeson admitted that he felt “ashamed” by his actions, and is glad to have moved on from thinking like that. The interview was done in promotion for his brand new movie, Cold Pursuit. His co-star said in response to Neeson’s comments, “Holy s**t.”
Liam finally said that he realized how wrong it was and that it was a great thing for him to get over and learn from. Thus far, the controversy hasn’t been too swift, however, some on social media have questioned the authenticity of such comments. Is it all a ploy for marketing purposes, similar to the way in which authors promote their book before its release?