Cold Pursuit won't be getting the red carpet treatment when it premieres at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York later this week. While the screening will still go on with some of the cast and crew in attendance, none of them will be milling around outside the event, answering questions about the recent comments made by star Liam Neeson, where he admitted he once wanted to kill 'any black bastard' after hearing that a good friend had been raped.
Liam Neeson made his shocking revelation during a recent interview promoting the revenge fueled dark comedy Cold Pursuit. And his words were the discussion of a lot of debate. It's clear that Liam Neeson has a lot of fans that want to stand by his side, with many claiming his comments weren't actually 'racist' and that he admitted his thoughts were wrong, and that he's now a changed man. Though, he did state that after learning of his friend's attack, he asked what race the perpetrator was, and after he learned the individual was black, went looking to kill the first dark skinned individual that caused any trouble in his path. That certainly sounds racist. But some are arguing to disagree. Here are his own words on the racist murder he almost committed.
"[I] went up and down areas with a cosh (a blackjack-like club), 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."
The red carpet cancelation comes just one day after Liam Neeson made his comments to The Independent. The controversy and backlash over his words has only continued to grow over the past 24 hours. Earlier today, the actor went on Good Morning America to further discuss his comments. He boldly stated, "I'm not a racist," going onto explain that he felt a "primal urge to lash out" after hearing his dear friend had been sexually assaulted.
"I went out deliberately into black areas in the city, looking to be set upon. It shocked me and it hurt me ... I did seek help, I went to a priest. Luckily no violence occurred."
Neeson went onto say that if his friend had of described her attacker as white, or any other nationality or race, he would have went searching for a person that fit that description, which is still considered racist to target one specific group of people. Despite the controversy, Cold Pursuit is still set to open on Friday, going wide across the country. The story follows a snow plow driver who sets out to get revenge for his dead son. The movie is said to be quite violent, yet very funny. It is being described as the next Fargo. This news comes from Deadline.