Neeson was driven by thoughts of vengeance when he learned some time ago what had happened to his friend, he told The Independent in an interview published Monday.
“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 [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could,” another pause, “kill him.”
Neeson called his reaction “horrible” in retrospect ― but many fellow celebrities were not cutting him any slack. Here’s a sampling of the responses.
Is Liam Neeson running for governor of Virginia?
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) February 4, 2019
Liam Neeson is today’s example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 4, 2019
When you see why Liam Neeson is trending pic.twitter.com/CLhTRqzvV3
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) February 4, 2019
I wouldn’t feel like roaming the streets for a week with a weapon intent on killing any black person who annoyed me. https://t.co/LErUKu2EHT
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 5, 2019
Reporter- It’s a pleasure to meet...
Liam Neeson- I HAD THE KNIFE AND JUST WANTED TO KILL ANY BLACK PERSON FOR BEING BLACK!
Reporter- *throws out all questions* Go on.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 4, 2019
Liam Neeson admitting he camped out in front of pubs, waiting and hoping to kill a black man is... not what I expected to read about this Monday morning pic.twitter.com/9Fv2x0dPpV
— Sarah Jeffery (@sarahmjeffery3) February 4, 2019
Shame on you Liam Neeson.
— Samantha Mumba (@samanthamumba1) February 4, 2019
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.