In a shocking interview, Taken star Liam Neeson confesses that he once sought revenge for a loved one’s rape by seeking out a black person to murder.

Speaking to U.K.’s The Independent, the Oscar nominee said: “There’s something primal – God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions." 

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

He said: “I went up and down areas with a (nightstick), 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 66-year-old added that he is now ashamed of his thoughts, calling the idea “horrible,” and said it made him realize that when overcome by emotion he now asks himself, "what the (expletive) are you doing?"

The reaction on Twitter was swift. Wrote one critic: "You just asked what colour were they? I don't care how sorry you are, Liam Neeson, that is disgusting," while another said, “Would Liam Neeson have that same energy if the attacker was white?”

Source: Pulse of Radio