Liam Neeson Regrets Racist Revenge Attempt

We all know Liam Neeson for his amazing work as an actor. From “Schindler’s List” to “Taken,” he has paid his dues in the acting world. There are a lot of words that fans would use to describe both his work and him as a person.

“Racist,” was not one of them until Monday.

During a press tour for his new movie “Cold Pursuit,” Neeson shared a story with The Independent of how he thought about carrying out a racially motivated revenge plot after he learned that someone close to him was raped.

It all started when he was asked about how his character in the upcoming movie turns to anger throughout the film.

“There’s something primal – God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions,” he said. “I’ll tell you a story. This is true.”

He then reccounted how he had returned home from a trip to find out that the person close to him had been raped. He did not reveal her identity but commended her from the way that she handled her attack. He, however, did not take the news so well.

“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson said. “But my immediate reaction was … did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person.”

The actor then set out on a search for the perpertrator, knowing nothing about him other than his race.

“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 ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”

He went on like this for a while.

“It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that,” he continued. “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.'”

This was the first time that Neeson had ever reccounted this story.

 “It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that,” he says of the time.

The actor says he did learn a lesson from the situation, though.

“It’s awful,” Neeson continued. “But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the fuck are you doing,’ you know?

Twitter Reactions

Twitter did not take too kindly to Neeson’s story.

“The real question now is, why did Liam Neeson just randomly volunteer the info about his racist views?” film producer Tariq Nasheed tweeted. “On Black History Month… He knows the industry doesn’t really punish suspected white supremacists for anti Black views. So is he sending dog whistles?”

HuffPost writer Julia Craven also had a few things to say.

“So Liam Neeson’s response to a loved one being raped was to: 1. Ask the race of the assailant, which tells us his racism was deep rooted before the assault,” she tweeted. “2. Roam through (presumably) black neighborhoods in hopes of provoking a black person so that he could murder them.”

Jemele Hill, staff writer for The Atlantic also tweeted a definition of the word cosh “for everyone getting caught up on the Liam Neeson story.”

The Independent has since contacted Neeson’s publicist for further comment but he declined.

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