Liam Neeson has always been a good guy. Although the actor has had his fair share of portraying villains, Neeson hasn’t involved himself in many controversies, unlike other actors. The actor did, however, make a racist remark back in 2019 that left the world speechless.

Liam Neeson's Half-Hearted Apology after Confessing He Tried Hunting a Black Man Canceled $76M Movie Premiere

In hopes of revenge, Neeson claimed that he started hunting the man responsible for a heinous crime. Since the person responsible was of a dark complexion, Neeson took to the streets in search of someone with a dark complexion so that he could get in a fight and just get all of his anger out!

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Liam Neeson’s Racist Remarks Landed Him In Huge Trouble

Liam Neeson found fame by starring in several iconic roles throughout his Hollywood career. Known for the Taken franchise, alongside the movie Schindler’s List, Neeson has had quite a fan following for the past 20 years.

Back in 2019, the actor hit a rough patch when he said something quite racist and controversial in nature. While promoting his movie titled Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson met with The Independent for a promotional interview.

During the course of the interview, Neeson stated something which the actor would surely regret for years to come.

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The actor told the tale of how someone close to him was r*ped. When he asked for a description, the woman only said that it was a person with a dark complexion. Liam Neeson revealed that he would patrol the streets each night in hopes to find that person again.

What Neeson stated further in the interview, was clearly off-limits and landed the actor in troubled waters.

“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,”

The actor further continued,

“It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that. She would say, ‘Where are you going?’ and I would say, ‘I’m just going out for a walk.’ You know? ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘No no, nothing’s wrong.’”

The comments created an uproar in the world as the Batman Begins actor received massive backlash from the people. Although the actor apologized for his remarks in a separate interview, it did not help him at all.

Liam Neeson’s Terrible Apology Canceled His Premiere

Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit (2019).

During the time of his racist comment and subsequent backlash, Neeson was promoting the 2019 movie Cold Pursuit. After his controversial interview, the Gangs of New York actor appeared in another interview to apologize for his remarks.

In his apology, the actor stated that “I’m not a racist”. This led to further troubles for the actor, and the premiere of Cold Pursuit was canceled. As a result, the movie was not able to turn a huge sum of profit.

With controversial remarks and apologies to his name, the Liam Neeson starrer, Cold Pursuit is available to stream on Prime Video in the U.S.