Liam Neeson recently went on Good Morning America and told ABC’s Robin Roberts that “he is not racist” following the backlash he’s received for the following comments:

“My immediate reaction was…I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour 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.

“It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that….It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that. And I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid.”

He stated: “I had never felt this feeling before which was a primal urge to lash out”.

After that the actor said he “went out deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence.” Apparently he “did it maybe four or five times.”

Finally, he told ABC “If she had said an Irish or a Scot or a Brit or a Lithuanian I would – I know I would – have had the same effect. I was trying to show honour, to stand up for my dear friend in this terribly medieval fashion.”

Neeson has stated he’s sought help for this by going to confession and power walking for a couple of hours to manage his anger. He also noted that the friend in question passed away five years ago.

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