Liam Neeson pulls out of The Late Show following rape revenge comments

Part of Cold Pursuit's problem is that we all know what Liam Neeson is capable of when it comes to handling himself

The red carpet at the premiere of Liam Neeson's newest film was abruptly cancelled amid fallout from the actor's comments about decades-old thoughts he had about killing a black person.

As previously reported, Neeson told a United Kingdom newspaper that decades ago he walked the streets with a "cosh" multiple times, hoping any black person would start trouble with him.

Organizers of the NY premiere of Cold Pursuit informed journalists that interviews and photo opportunities had been cancelled on Tuesday afternoon, a couple hours before the event was supposed to start.

Joking about Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World in the wake of the latter being accused of shocking sex abuse, a third person wrote: "I guess Sony pictures will soon be hiring Christopher Plummer to replace Liam Neeson in the upcoming Men In Black reboot".

"What they're actually saying is, "This is how you should feel", and for me, I find that insulting, condescending because there's no way Piers Morgan or Susanna could ever know what it's like to feel black or how they would react had they been black".

"I'm not racist, this was almost 40 years ago, but because I was brought up in the north of Ireland, I was brought up in the Troubles in the 60s, 70s and early 80s".

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"Liam Neeson is a decent man and does not deserve to be demonised in this way". "If she said "WHITE" would he have been roaming the streets looking to KILL a random white man??" He said Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) the topic came up because the interviewer asked him about how he tapped into the feelings of revenge that he displays in Cold Pursuit, which tells the story of a father who seeks violent revenge for his son's death.

"I remember shooting Schindler's List, and hearing remarks from drivers who were taking us to the set, thinking to myself, 'Am I hearing this right, this guy is making anti Jewish comments to me, a guy playing Schindler?'", he said.

"It really shocked me, this primal urge I had".

"If she said [the rapist was] Irish, a Scot, a Lithuanian, [it] would have had the same effect", he said. Asked how he tapped into the need for revenge felt by his character in Cold Pursuit, he recalled an incident 40 years prior when a female friend was brutally raped. "But my immediate reaction was, did she know who it was? No. It shocked me. It hurt me".

Yet the social media backlash has continued unabated.

The film is a remake of 2014 Norwegian film In Order Of Disappearance and also stars Emmy Rossum and Laura Dern.


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