Liam Neeson says he's not racist, explains rage after attack

Liam Neeson says he's not racist, explains rage after attack

The Hollywood star sparked controversy after he said he had walked the streets armed with a cosh, hoping he would be approached by "a black bastard" so that he could kill him. I remembered an incident almost 40 years ago where a dear friend of mine was brutally raped.

The actor reiterated a story he shared in an interview with The Independent during a press tour for his new movie, "Cold Pursuit", which he said Tuesday is a dark comedy about revenge.

Liam Neeson attends the screening of "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" during the 56th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 4, 2018, in New York City.

He said the rape happened some time ago and he found out about it after he came back from a trip overseas.

Neeson, 66, made the admission while talking about how his character turns to anger and said there's "something primal" about that reaction when "you've ... had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions", he told United Kingdom outlet the Independent. I asked did she knew who it was? No. What color were they? But you also have to acknowledge the pain of a black person hearing what you've said, ' Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts told the actor. "So that I could. kill him", he continued.

Neeson said of his actions: "It shocked me and it hurt me".

Neeson sat down with The Independent to discuss his Cold Pursuit character's rage and, in the process, he disclosed something he's never before told to an outlet. I went to a priest.

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He also noted that he spoke with two good friends about his feelings at that time and added that "power walking" two hours a day helped him get through his anger.

When asked whether she felt his career should bounce back, Michallon said it was perhaps "too early too call".

"That is exactly what he went on to say, which meant he was ashamed of the way he felt, but you can not blame him for thinking that".

When asked what "the teachable moment" should be in this situation, Neeson hoped for others "to talk about these things", but then he turned the question back on Roberts.

"He went on to tell a story of a situation where a friend of his had been raped". "When I eventually thought, 'What the f**k are you doing?' " he said. I was trying to show honor to stand up for my dear friend in this awful medieval fashion.

The actor said his takeaway from this experience was that there needs to be a larger discussion to stomp out racism and bigotry.

The Co. Antrim native recalled his childhood in Northern Ireland during the Troubles - saying he was surrounded by violence and bigotry, but was "never part of it".

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