Liam Neeson admitted that he once wanted to kill a black person to avenge a loved one who had was raped. Yesterday, he appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Live With Kelly & Ryan” to promote his new movie “Cold Pursuit”... but naturally ended up talking controversial comments – and along the way swears he’s “not racist.”
When pressed by Robin Roberts on “GMA,” the actor insisted that he would have sought the self-described “terrible, medieval” revenge even if the rapist was white – in his words, “an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit or a Lithuanian.”
Neeson also noted his controversial revenge walks where he sometimes went “deliberately to black areas” took place “nearly 40 years ago,” and that he confessed to a priest and otherwise sought help after the fact.
- And speaking on “Live With Kelly & Ryan,” Neeson said the reason that he came clean about it now is that he felt he “just needed to be honest” instead of “backtracking” or trying to pretend it didn't exist. He also made a point of hugging multiple black audience members during the appearance. Check out clips of the interviews to the right.
- The actor’s overall takeaway? It’s the “United” States of America, so people need to “come together” and start a “genuine dialogue.” And whether it’s in Ireland during his upbringing in times of bigotry and violence, or in the United States, “violence breeds violence” and “bigotry breeds bigotry.”
- ONE MORE THING! Not surprisingly, the red carpet for last night’s New York City premiere of “Cold Pursuit” was canceled by the studio . While Lionsgate didn’t issue a statement as to the "why," sources are saying that it’s because of the controversy surrounding Neeson’s comments.