Liam Neeson Mocked for Gun Control Comments in Fake 'Run All Night' Posters
Los Angeles street artists call Neeson a "hypocrite" for criticizing gun ownership in the U.S. while starring in violent action films.
Politically motivated street artists have plastered "redesigned" movie posters at various Los Angeles bus stops mocking Liam Neeson for his recent pro-gun control comments amid the release of his new action movie, Run All Night.
The studio marketing poster for the film features Neeson holding a handgun in a menacing pose. The artists altered the movie title to read "Gun All Right" with the tagline "One Hypocrite Laughing All the Way to the Bank."
The artists, who wish to remain anonymous, provided photos of the posters to The Hollywood Reporter.
Neeson recently angered gun rights activists as well as Para USA, which provided firearms for the film Taken 3, after he told Gulf News — in an interview after the Charlie Hebdo attacks— that there are "too many [expletive] guns out there. Especially in America." He continued: "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.' "
When the Gulf News reporter asked him if he thought violent movies encouraged gun violence, he responded: "I grew up watching cowboy movies, loved doing that [gun gesture] with my fingers, 'Bang, bang, you're dead!' I didn't end up a killer." Movies, he said, are fantasy. "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!' " he added.
Neeson's rep declined to comment on the posters.
The modified Run All Night posters appeared in Westwood, Century City and Pacific Palisades.