"Because my friend was brutally raped, and I thought I was defending her honor, and I admit that", Neeson added. He then detailed how, after a woman he knew was raped, he asked her the race of the alleged perpetrator, and then, for a week, walked the streets, armed with a weapon, in hopes that he could "kill" a "black b******" in retaliation.
Neeson explained that he had grown up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, where he witnessed revenge on a regular basis. The lady journalist asked me how I tapped into that.
He later added that "I'm not racist, this was almost forty years ago, and I was brought up in the north of Ireland, and brought up in 'the troubles, ' that is the 60's, 70's, and early 80's", while going on to reference the culture of violence that he was raised in. We all pretend we're all politically correct, I mean in this country and my own country too, sometimes you just scratch the surface.
Continuing about the impact what he had said could have on the actor's career, he said: "I would be very surprised if Liam Neeson's career is not now in very serious trouble", he said.
"I did it four, maybe four or five times until I caught myself and it really shocked me, this primal urge".
"She said he was a black man", he continued.
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"It shocked me and it hurt me", Neeson said. It shocked me. It hurt me.
He sought help by going to a priest for confession, speaking with friends and taking up power-walking - "believe it or not" - and said he probably would have reacted the same way had the assailant been white. I am not racist. "'What color were they?' She said it was a black person".
Kehinde Andrews, a professor of black studies at Birmingham City University, told the BBC Neeson's comments were "completely inappropriate and offensive" and to make them as he promoted a film was "distasteful". "If she said Irish, Scott, a Brit, I know I would have the same effect".
The actor shared the story in an interview with The Independent, where he recalled the traumatic ordeal of discovering a friend had been raped many years ago, and stated that he is now "ashamed" of his past "awful" behaviour. "So that I could kill him".
The Northern Irish actor is now promoting his latest revenge thriller Cold Pursuit, and spoke to Britain's Independent newspaper about how he identifies with his character, a snow plow driver turned vigilante out to avenge the death of his son. "I was trying to show honor, stand up for my dear friend in this bad, medieval fashion".
Neeson said this experience and other incidents, such as experiencing anti-Semitism in Poland while filming Schindler's List, had convinced him that education was crucial to stamping out discrimination. Directed by Hans Petter Moland, the film is based upon a Ion Order of Disappearance, a Norweigan film released in 2014.