NEWYORK. The New York red carpet opening of Liam Neeson’s latest film has been cancelled amid a row over his comments that he once wanted to kill a random black man after a friend was raped.
Reporters were told the event for Cold Pursuit was being pulled two hours before it was scheduled to happen.
What exactly did Neeson say?
He had been speaking to promote Cold Pursuit, a revenge thriller. He said the alleged rape took place a long time ago and he found out about it when he came back from a trip abroad.
The actor went on to use racially offensive language about the attacker. He said: “She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way.
“But my immediate reaction was… I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.
“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 [uses air quotes with fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”
Liam Neeson has denied he is racist, after admitting he once set out to kill any black man who provoked him. The actor has been facing a major racism storm since he made the comments in an interview, published by The Independent on Monday.
He had said he walked the streets with a weapon around 40 years ago, hoping to take out his anger after someone close to him was raped by a black man.
Backlash From Interview Remarks
But speaking on ABC’s Good Morning America, Neeson said: “I’m not racist.”
Liam Neeson added that he wanted his original comments to start a wider conversation about racism. Asked what he wanted people to learn from his experience, he told the host: “To talk. To open up.
“We all pretend we’re all politically correct in this country… in mine, too. You sometimes just scratch the surface and you discover this racism and bigotry and it’s there.”
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