Liam Neeson’s been busy making a few enemies of late.
The 62-year-old star of movies that show him wielding lots of guns – more commonly known as the Taken franchise – told a Dubai news outlet that he thinks firearms are a “fucking disgrace”.
“There’s too many fucking guns out there. Especially in America. I think the population is, like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a fucking disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”
He speaks the truth and, on a day where we have learned of the tragic death of another child due to gun violence, his statement cannot be denied.
Except that gun supporters think it can.
A company that has previously supplied the guns that Liam Neeson wields in his movies has withdrawn their guns for any future Taken movies. Harsh.
“PARA USA regrets its decision to provide firearms for use in the film Taken 3,” the company said.
“While the film itself is entertaining, comments made by its Irish-born star during press junkets reflect a cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties. We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson and ask that our friends and partners in Hollywood refrain from associating our brand and products with his projects. Further, we encourage our partners and friends in the firearms industry to do the same.”
And gun supporters aren’t the only group Liam Neeson has managed to piss off recently. Animal rights group PETA is angry at the actor after his public support of horse-drawn carriages in New York City’s Central Park.
“I am a little bit pissed off at our elected new mayor,” Neeson told American TV host Jon Stewart last year. “He wants to close this horse and carriage industry in New York.”
New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, began a campaign to replace carriage horses with “vintage tourist-friendly vehicles in parks”, due to the treatment of the animals. But Liam Neeson doesn’t agree. He wrote a letter to the mayor and expressed his very strong feelings over the “intent to obliterate one of the most deep rooted icons of our city!”
Apparently Liam has a long time friend who is one of said horse and carriage drivers in New York City.