Liam Neeson Says He Once Walked Streets With a Weapon Hoping to Kill a 'Black B*****d' As Revenge: 'It Was Horrible, Horrible'

Liam Neeson opened up on his "awful" racially charged past, including an instance in which the actor roamed the streets with hopes of blundering a "black b*****d" to death. Neeson shared his former "horrible, horrible" and vengeful behavior during an interview with The Independent, which was released on Monday.

A friend of Neeson's revealed her rape, allegedly committed by a black man, to the Taken star years ago, which Neeson said ignited a rage in him. The 66-year-old said he was overseas when the rape occurred and was only informed on the terrible situation after he returned home to the U.K.

"She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way," Neeson said. "But my immediate reaction was…did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person."

Neeson's anger over the matter resulted in the Cold Pursuit actor trekking the streets with a weapon looking for revenge. "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 b*****d' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him."

Over the next couple of weeks, Neeson said he reflected on his behavior and regretted it. "It was horrible, horrible when I think back that I did that," he admitted, noting this was the first time he spoke about the incident.

The father-of-two said he learned an important lesson in hindsight. "It's awful, but I did learn a lesson from it when I eventually thought, 'What the f**k are you doing?'" he continued. "I understand that need for revenge, but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing."

Neeson's story sparked a wave of criticism from fans online, some of whom called the actor a racist in light of his past behavior while others were empathetic of Neeson using the moment to learn from his ways.

Neeson's revelation isn't the first time the Schindler's List star has stirred up controversy. The actor was the target of social media outrage after he commented on the #MeToo movement. Although Neeson supported the millions of women sharing their trials of sexual assault and harassment, which was initially sparked by an outpour of women speaking out against fallen Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct, he upset masses when he noted the rising claims against men was turning into "a bit of a witch hunt."

See a few reactions to Neeson's interview with The Independent below.

What Liam Neeson did was racist. You can justify it however you like ...he was angry, that's fine. It was still racist.

— 🇸🇱 Strider (@DeLaZorro) February 4, 2019

Everyone is acting like #LiamNeeson walked around last night consciously looking for a black person to kill. The whole point was that he was outlining what blind rage and anger can do to a person and that he learned from it. He knows it was madness.

— Seán Davis (@Sean_Davis1) February 4, 2019

Liam Neeson was a racist for a whole week. Not sure what to do w/ that information

— FLATBUSH JAYY (@BROOKLYNxSKII) February 4, 2019

My reaction after reading about #LiamNeeson pic.twitter.com/MZHcDNrfrv

— Sophia Chester (@SophiaTheAuthor) February 4, 2019

I honestly can only laugh at Liam Neeson bc what possesses you to bring up that time you were a homicidal racist during a press junket 😭

— look at my opponent (@1anjohn) February 4, 2019

Hmm, see the thing about this Liam Neeson article and what people take from it is interesting. On one hand, he has such vitriol to what he wanted to do, that I'm almost more glad he admitted his previous racist ways of thinking openly. On the other hand,it's still quite sickening

— 𝖎𝖙𝖘𝖋𝖗3𝖉𝖉𝖎𝖊 (@itsfr3ddie) February 4, 2019

Liam Neeson, man. That's the sort of thing you confess to your pastor, and do work to repent and atone for.

— Liddle Lamzy Dive Bar (@saucissonsec) February 4, 2019