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You're not the man to lecture us, Liam


Liam Neeson.

Liam Neeson.

Liam Neeson.

Liam Neeson has given his tuppence worth on gun crime in the US.

"There's over 300 million guns privately-owned, in America. I think it's a f**king disgrace. Every week now we're picking up a newspaper and seeing, 'Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'"

This, of course, coming from an actor who has descended to playing parts as one-man killing machines.

Neeson has just trousered $20m to star in the third instalment of Taken, in which he plays an angry father, with a gun, out for revenge, and the trailer of his latest movie, Run All Night, shows him with a gun, blowing away all and sundry.


Liam addressed this inconsistency by denying that his movies encourage people to buy guns: "I grew up watching cowboy movies, loved doing 'Bang, bang, you're dead!' I didn't end up a killer..."

His analogy, however, doesn't stand up. Cowboys 'n injuns movies were escapist fantasy, dealing with a time and a culture that was long gone.

Neeson's movies, however, are notable by being set in the present, in situations that are readily identifiable.

And the hypocrisy of someone who makes millions from movies in which justice is handed out through the barrel of a gun, while simultaneously lecturing us about gun crime, simply defies belief.