Liam Neeson was branded a racist who should be banned from the Oscars after speaking for the first time about his extreme reaction when he learned a loved one had allegedly been raped while he was overseas.
During an interview with the Independent to promote his new film Cold Pursuit, the actor, 66, described how he walked the streets looking for a ‘black b*****d’ to kill in a misguided attempt at revenge.
He was subsequently branded a ‘racist’ on Twitter who ‘should be banned from the Oscars.’
Liam’s new movie sees the action star take on the role of a father intent on revenge after his son has been killed in a drug feud, with Liam revealing he understands his character’s motivation.
He said that after coming home from an overseas trip years ago he was told a loved one, who he does not name, had been raped.
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. There’s something primal – God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions.