Liam Neeson ‘ain’t no racist’

Liam Neeson ‘ain’t no racist’

We all need a father like Liam Neeson. One who has a specific set of skills and who can kung-fu his way to get us out of all the troubles in our lives.

Maybe not the racist kind though. In a recent interview, where he was promoting his new movie ‘Cold Pursuit’, Neeson got into trouble for saying he wanted ‘to kill a black bastard’ after learning that a good friend had been raped over 40 years ago.

‘Cold Pursuit’, that is being released by Lionsgate, chose to cancel the film’s red carpet in New York City after Neeson’s comments hit the airwaves.

Schindler ain’t no racist

Liam Neeson ‘ain’t no racist’
Neeson in a still from Schindler’s List

Neeson’s most famous role to date was as the titular character of Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 war-drama Schindler’s List.

In the movie, Sudeten German businessman Oskar Schindler saves the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees by employing them in his factory during the Holocaust.

It was released in black and white and was shot in the form of a documentary. It got seven Oscars and is considered to be one of the greatest films of all times.

Neeson received mostly positive reviews for his performance though he did not win an Oscar for his performance.

Being Human

Liam Neeson ‘ain’t no racist’
Neeson claims that his statement has been misconstrued

Neeson has gone on the record on ‘Good Morning America’ after his controversial comments and stated that he ‘ain’t no racist’.

Clarifying his position, he said: “When I learnt that a very close friend of mine had been brutally raped 40 years ago, I was filled up with blind anger. I went out on the streets with an aim to hurt someone from the African-American community really badly because my friend, who was raped, told me that it was a ‘black’ man who had done the deed.

“I know that it was wrong and seeked help after that. I went to a priest and talked to two of my closest friends after that. That helped too. But you know what helped the most? Power walking.”

He went on to say that he wanted to start a wider conversation about racism through his comments. “We all pretend we’re all politically correct in this country… in mine, too. You sometimes just scratch the surface and you discover this racism and bigotry and it’s there.”

Neeson is from Northern Ireland though he has predominantly be

en involved in British and American cinema since 1981. His breakthrough role was in Schindler’s List.

Being typecast

Liam Neeson ‘ain’t no racist’
Taken gave Neeson’s career a second wind

Neeson’s career got a second wind when he starred as a retired government assassin whose daughter gets kidnapped in 2008’s sleeper hit, Taken.

But since then, though he has tried his hand in an array of movies like 2010’s ‘Clash of the Titans’ and 2008’s ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ (as Aslan, the lion and narrator of the film) and  has only gained major commercial success an action star.

His only major deviation from this typecast ‘Shades of Grey Action Star’ came in 2016, when he starred as a Jesuit Priest in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’.

The movie has long been a passion project of Scorsese. Neeson’s performance garnered largely positive reviews by both the critics and the audience.

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