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Actor Liam Neeson faces a barrage of criticism today over an interview in which he admitted he once fantasised about killing a black person indiscriminately
Neeson’s now very publicised senior moment took place during a low-key press junket interview to promote his new revenge thriller Cold Pursuit, has triggered an array of different responses from fans, commentators and activists around the world.
“This was nearly 40 years ago,” he said during the interview.
The Northern Irishman told the US breakfast show he simply felt a “primal urge to lash out” at the time after his friend told him the man who raped her was black.
Some have congratulated him for his honesty while unnecessarily opening up his brief fit of rage that probably could have resulted in him going to jail for a very long time for a hate crime.
Others are angry that has been so nonchalant about his indiscriminate targeting of black men.
But most responses are of confusion.
“Why in the fuck would you tell anyone that” says Reggie Carter (50), a regular at Betoota’s Lord Kidman Hotel, and a big fan of the Taken franchise.
“Probably coulda kept that one to yourself Liam”
Sally Archibald (26), a local newsagent teller and absolute die hard fan of Love Actually, says that is some dark shit – and maybe something you should only really be telling a psychiatrist while you lie down on the leather couch – and not some random entertainment reporter that you’ve never met.
However, Neeson detests the label of ‘racist’ – stating that it was a long time ago and he’s obviously not that same man anymore, he’s a rich and famous action hero who probably wouldn’t kill anyone at the drop of the hat unless it’s on screen – which is something he does a lot on screen.