Liam Neeson says he once sought revenge for a loved one's rape by looking for a black person to kill

Posted at 10:30 AM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 15:21:27-05

Liam Neeson is well-known for his vengeful characters in movies like "Taken" and upcoming release "Cold Pursuit," but the actor's most recent account of his own tale of revenge has fans and social media buzzing.

Neeson told The Independent in an interview that when he heard a loved one had been raped, he sought revenge by taking to the streets and looking for a black person to kill.


"She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson said in the interview from the British news outlet. “But my immediate reaction was … I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person.

“I went up and down areas with a cosh, 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.”

Responses on social media ranged from criticism and praise to jokes.

Liam Neeson: "any-fucking-way I once contemplated murdering a random Black guy on the street"

— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) February 4, 2019

Me five seconds later: pic.twitter.com/2AqMsP0elT

— 𝚂𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚝 (@listentoscout) February 4, 2019

1. Ask the race of the assailant, which tells us his racism was deep rooted before the assault.
2. Roam through (presumably) black neighborhoods in hopes of provoking a black person so that he could murder them. pic.twitter.com/5C4PBWVSWY

— rocket juju (@juliacraven) February 4, 2019

Neeson continued to say in the interview that though he trolled the streets for a little more than a week seeking revenge, he did come to his senses and realize how awful his behavior was.

"It’s awful,” Neeson said. “But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the (expletive) are you doing,’ you know?”

Neeson's latest film, "Cold Pursuit," opens February 8 in theaters nationwide.

You can read the full article and interview here .