Actor Liam Neeson is currently on a press tour to promote his new movie Cold Pursuit, but things took a dark turn when he veered off from discussing the film to revealing his past desire to “kill” a black man.
In his latest film Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson plays a father trying to avenge his son’s death by taking down local gangster’s, so when asked in a recent interview if he had first-hand knowledge of anger and revenge of that magnitude, his response was shocking. Neeson explained that when he found out that someone very close to him had been r*ped years ago, he went looking for random black men to “kill” because he was so angry, since his friend revealed that she had been r*ped by a black man.
“She handled the situation of the r*pe in the most extraordinary way. But my immediate reaction was…I asked, did she know who it was? ‘No.’ What color were they? She said it was a black person.”
Neeson continued, revealing that he spent about a week going out at night with a weapon looking for a black man to punish and kill for the r*pe of his friend:
“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,” another pause, “kill him.”
Whether he immediately realized how disturbing and damaging his comments were or not, Neeson quickly noted how “horrible” his past behavior was:
“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.”
Cold Pursuit starring Liam Neeson is slated to hit theaters on February 8 nationwide.
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