Irish actor Liam Neeson has lamented the loss of the sanctity of sex in modern-day culture. And he blamed the cheapening of sex for ruining loving relationships.
The Taken star and Oscar-nominated actor, a single parent since the death of his wife Natasha Richardson three years ago, said he had struggled to cope with the sexualised nature of society.
Speaking to the Catholic Herald, Neeson, expressed his concerns at how sex had become more of a commodity than the act of "mystery and wonder", which he believed it should be preserved as.
Neeson, who has two sons, Micheal, 17, and Daniel, 16, explained: "I'd hate to be a kid now, because we're all inundated with so much information about sexuality, coming at us from everywhere – the media, the advertising billboards, just everywhere – and it must be so confusing for them."
Neeson, who has starred in massive box office hits such as Schindler's List and Love Actually, said the sexualisation of society is ruining loving relationships. "There's a problem that, if you become over-familiar with something, it moves from the sacred to almost the profane," he said. "The act is very, very special. It's full of mystery and wonder, and I'd hate us all to get to the stage where we just treat it lightly, because it deserves more than that."
He added: "Times have changed since I was young, no doubt about it."
Neeson, who was once described by a theatre critic as a "towering sequoia of sex", has previously dismissed his own status as a sex symbol saying: "I'm possibly past my sell-by date."
Richardson, the mother of Micheal and Daniel, and the daughter of the actress Vanessa Redgrave and the director Tony Richardson, was 45 when she died after suffering a head injury in a fall while skiing in Canada.
A year and a half after her death, Neeson, 60, began dating Freya St Johnston, a public relations executive, but the relationship was reported last October to have "fizzled out" because he wanted to spend more time in New York with his sons.