Liam Neeson is the lead actor in the Taken film series where he plays an ex-CIA agent. I only saw the first one where he tracks down his daughter after she was abducted by foreign traffickers in France. Apparently, Taken 3 is out now and is raking in tens of millions of dollars. And yes, being that Neeson’s character is an ex-CIA superhero, he uses guns to achieve his goals.
But in real life, Neeson despises guns. Especially guns in America. Matthew Philbin with Newsbusters reported:
At a press conference publicizing the film [Taken 3], Neeson segued from a statement of sympathy and concern for Parisians in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack to complaining about private gun ownership – in the United States. Gulfnews.com reported:
“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there,” he continued. “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 [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”
Neeson immediately exonerated himself and his industry from any responsibility for violence. “A character like [Taken’s] Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it’s fantasy. It’s in the movies, you know? I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life and all the rest of it, you know what I mean? It doesn’t mean they’re all going to go out and go, ‘Yeah, let’s get a gun!’”
I don’t get these Hollywood types who rail against guns but use them incessantly in their character roles. If they’re really consistent, they wouldn’t ever agree to be in a movie as long as it required them to use firearms. Unless, the character they were set to play was a bad character in the film. That would be a rational exception. That way, only the bad guys have guns, and the good guys use more “common sense” means of defeating the bad guys.
But Liam Neeson is the good guy in these movies. Most of the time, the big name actors are the good guys with guns. To me, that’s pretty clear hypocrisy. It shows that they’ll promote guns as long as the money’s good. Then they’ll come up with a quick excuse to justify their trigger-happy character. Like Neeson said, “It’s fantasy. It’s in the movies…I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life…” Yeah, keep telling yourself that.