He’s getting defensive! After Liam Neeson’s bizarre interview with the Independent, in which he revealed he once walked the streets armed in hopes to kill a “black b——d,” he took to Good Morning America on Tuesday, February 5, to do some damage control with his angry fans.
Journalist Robin Roberts sat down with the A-lister, who further explained the seemingly racial comments that put Twitter in an uproar on Monday, February 4. The dad-of-two sternly exclaimed, “I’m not racist!” despite everyone’s reaction to the unsettling story he told.
“Yeah, we were doing a press junket and it was, you know, the topic of our film is revenge. It’s a dark comedy too but its base is revenge and the lady journalist was asking me how do you tap into that? And I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago where a very dear friend of mine was brutally raped and I was out of the country and when I came back she told me about this and she handled the situation herself incredibly bravely, I have to say that,” Neeson began.
“But I had never felt this feeling before which was a primal urge to lash out. I asked her did you know the person? It was a man. No. His race? She said he was a black man. I thought, okay. And after that there were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence and I did it for, I’d say maybe four or five times until I caught myself on and it really shocked me this primal urge I had.
“It shocked me and it hurt me. I did seek help. I went to a priest, heard my confession and I was a Catholic. Two very good friends that I talked to and believe it or not, power walking,” he continued, adding that the exercise helped him with his anger a the time.
“Two hours every day to get rid of this and I’m not racist this was nearly 40 years ago, but because I was brought up —- maybe I’m rabbiting on. I was brought up in the north of Ireland and brought up in the troubles, the ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s. There was a war going on in the north of Ireland. And I had acquaintances who were involved in the troubles,” Neeson explained. “The bigotry, one Catholic would be killed the next day a protestant would be killed. One Catholic pub would be bombed. A protestant pub would be bojed but I was never part of it.”
During Neeson’s interview with the Independent, he admitted he “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 b—–d’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”
The comments have people suggesting actor should be banned from the 2019 Oscars later this month. In the meantime, The National ENQUIRER readers are weighing in on the matter.