Liam Neeson said he waited outside of a pub waiting for a black person to kill out of revenge for his friend's rape.
#CancelLiamNeeson hashtag will be trending soon enough, especially after fans find out about his shocking past. The actor sat down with The Independent for an in-depth interview about his latest movie, Cold Pursuit. During the interview, the 66-year-old detailed how he once wanted to kill a black person after a friend of his was raped.
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Liam Neeson revealed that he was once plotting on carrying out a hate crime after finding out that the person who assaulted his friend was black. He said that he was overseas when he discovered that his friend has been raped. “I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person," he recounted.
"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 [Neeson gestures air quotes with his 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."
The actor admitted that he later realized that was he was doing was "awful" and "horrible, saying, "It’s awful. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f--- are you doing’, you know?"
His comments didn't sit well with the Internet, as you could imagine. Many criticized not only him but also the reporter, Clémence Michallon.
Check some of the reactions below.