Lionsgate is canceling the red carpet for the New York City premiere of Liam Neeson’s new revenge action film Cold Pursuit.
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During an interview the Independent promoting Cold Pursuit, Neeson admitted to allowing his rage to take him to dark place.
“[I] went up and down areas with a cosh (a blackjack-like club), hoping I’d be approached by somebody. I’m ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could, kill him. It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that, ” said Neeson.
Neeson appeared on “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning where he said his comments were taken out of context. He told interviewer Robin Roberts he is not a racist and moved past his desire for violence after seeking help from a priest and from friends.
The 60-year-old clarified that he asked his loved one about the rapist’s other attributes – besides race – and said that if she had been assaulted by a white man, he would have the same reaction.
“If she has said an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit, or a Lithuanian, I know I would’ve felt the same effect. I was trying to… stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion.