Michelle Rodriguez Says Liam Neeson Isn't Racist Because He Kissed Viola Davis

08 February, 2019, 08:40 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Terry Crews and Wale Go Back and Forth About Liam Neeson on Twitter

Ronn Torossian, a "crisis management mogul" with New York-based PR firm 5W Public Relations, believes Neeson can still "save his image" provided he gives further displays of contrition.

Actress Michelle Rodriguez, who co-starred with Neeson in last year's movie Widows, lashed out at the fierce criticism her colleague has faced at the amfAR Gala in NY late Wednesday, insisting he was not a racist. Was 1 of my most anticapated films for 2019. As I've said before, Neeson's story was not only unnecessary, but his inability to call his racism what it was tells me there is work still to be done on his part.

'She said he was a black man.

But actors so often confuse make-believe and reality, and no doubt thinking the hero of his new film Cold Pursuit is heroic because of his determination to avenge a loved one, the 66-year-old chose to go semi-back into character to tell a deeply personal and twisted story, in the low, muttered - and, yes, apologetic - stream-of-consciousness tones of a patient lying on his therapist's couch.

"Does no-one listen any more?" the Irish writer said. But my immediate reaction was, I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color were they?

Crews later responded to his critics and cleared the air, "I'm not defending him at all".

The veteran actor later tried to clarify his comments on "Good Morning America" and insisted he is "not racist".

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Neeson went on to claim that he didn't think that the experience affected him, and that he understood it because "it wasn't Swedish grandmothers doing all of this stuff". "I'm not racist. This was almost 40 years ago", he insisted, adding, "We all pretend we're all politically correct".

"It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that".

He said: "I had never felt this feeling before, which was a primal urge to lash out".

There's a tiny intake of breath before Liam Neeson says the words that may just end his career. "I was brought up in the north of Ireland and brought up in 'The Troubles, ' the '60s, '70s, and early '80s". I grew up surrounded by that.

Yet the social media backlash has continued unabated.

Banville's comments come after the red carpet for the premiere of Neeson film Cold Pursuit was abruptly cancelled, just hours before the event was supposed to start.

She also wrote that in her interview and in an appearance on "Good Morning America", "Neeson thought he was telling a story of atonement. I was trying to show honour to my, stand up for my dear friend in this bad, medieval fashion", Neeson said.

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