Liam Neeson has appeared on American tv show Good Morning America (which is like GMB but better, and without Piers Morgan, which is probably why it’s better).
The actor wanted to explain comments he made in an interview about walking through black neighborhoods with a cosh, looking for someone to attack.
During the morning appearance Neeson told the show, ‘The topic of our film is revenge. 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.
‘I was out of the country and when I came back she told me about this and she handled the situation herself and her rapist incredibly bravely I have to say that 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. ‘His race’, she said ‘it was a black man’. I thought ok and after that there were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence. And I did it maybe four or five times until it caught myself on and it really shocked me.
Reaction to Neeson’s comments have been mixed, but the Irishman has received support from anti-racist advocates such as John Barnes.
Neeson continued, ‘I was trying to show honour, stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion and I’m a fairly intelligent guy and that’s why it shocked me when I came down to Earth after having these horrible feelings. Luckily no violence occurred, ever.
‘It’s a learning curve. We all pretend we’re all politically correct, I mean in this country and my own country too, sometimes you just scratch the surface. You discover this racism and bigotry and it’s there.’
How these revelations and the recent spate of high-profile media attention will affect Neeson’s career is yet to be seen.
However, it’s safe to say Hollywood isn’t the most virtuous place in the world and if Mel Gibson is still making movies it’s doubtful Neeson will need to quit altogether.