Liam Neeson is known for his tough-guy persona on screen, but it seems that he may have taken that persona a little too seriously in real life. In a recent interview, Neeson revealed that he once punched a student while he was a teacher at a school in Ireland.
According to Neeson, the incident occurred when he was teaching a drama class at a high school in the town of Ballymena. One of his students, who had been causing trouble in the class, decided to push Neeson’s buttons by calling him a derogatory name. That’s when Neeson lost his cool and punched the student in the face.
While Neeson admitted that he was in the wrong for resorting to violence, he also said that the incident taught him an important lesson about how to handle difficult situations. “I was completely ashamed of myself and I apologized,” he said. “It was a lesson learned, believe you me. I understood immediately, ‘What the hell are you doing, man?'”
Despite the incident, Neeson continued to teach drama at the school for a few more years before eventually leaving to pursue his acting career. He has since become one of Hollywood’s most well-known and respected actors, starring in films like “Schindler’s List,” “Taken,” and “Love Actually.”
The incident with the student may have been a low point for Neeson, but it also serves as a reminder that even the toughest guys can make mistakes. Neeson’s willingness to admit to his past misbehavior and learn from it is a testament to his character, both on and off screen.
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952, in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He grew up in a Catholic household with three siblings. His father worked as a caretaker at a local school, while his mother was a cook. Neeson attended Queen’s University Belfast but dropped out before completing his degree to pursue a career in acting.
He began his acting career in the late 1970s, with small roles in films such as “Excalibur” and “The Bounty”. However, it wasn’t until his breakout role in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” in 1993 that he gained widespread recognition and critical acclaim.
Throughout his career, Neeson has become known for his ability to play tough, brooding characters in action films such as “Taken”, “The Grey”, and “Non-Stop”. He has also shown his versatility as an actor in films like “Love Actually” and “The Chronicles of Narnia”.
Tragedy struck Neeson’s personal life in 2009, when his wife Natasha Richardson passed away following a skiing accident. Since then, Neeson has become an advocate for organizations such as the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the non-profit organization Unicef.
Despite being known for his intense and often violent film roles, Neeson has described himself as a pacifist and has been outspoken in his opposition to gun violence. He has also spoken openly about his struggles with alcohol and has been sober since the early 1990s.