A US gun manufacturer which supplied weapons for Taken 3 has blasted the movie's lead actor, Liam Neeson, for blaming terror attacks on the lack of gun control in the US and abroad.
The 62-year-old star was highly critical of the proliferation of firearms in the US in a recent interview he gave in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Now PARA USA - the company which supplied the weapons for the action sequel - has hit back by announcing it's severed all ties with the Co Antrim-born actor, and urged all other manufacturers to follow suit. In a statement, the company said: "PARA USA regrets its decision to provide firearms for use in the film Taken 3.
"While the film 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."
In his recent interview with Gulf News, Neeson - who stars as gun-wielding former CIA agent Bryan Mills in Taken 3 - denied that Hollywood action movies were to blame for glamorising gun use.
"A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: It's fantasy. It's in the movies, you know?" he said.
"I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life and the rest of it. It doesn't mean they're all going to go out and go, 'Yeah, let's get a gun'."