«For me, it’s like a bar fight,» said the movie star about his general dislike of the UFC.
The situation has certainly changed.
Liam Neeson does not seem to be a fan of Conor McGregor, and he made his thoughts clear in a new interview with Men’s Health, where he talked about a variety of topics including «Star Wars», diet, and UFC.
«This little leprechaun Conor McGregor, he gives Ireland a bad name,» said Neeson, 70. «I know he’s fit, and I admire him for that. But I can’t accept it».
Neeson also commented on the UFC itself, stating that he «hates» the UFC.
«It’s like a bar fight to me,» said the actor. » I know that practicing fighters say, «No, you’re wrong — months of training we do…». Why don’t you just take a beer bottle and hit another guy on the head? This is the next stage of the UFC. I hate it».
Although the 34-year-old McGregor did not respond directly to his compatriot, he tweeted a thought that might have been related to him, writing «Irish proud — always,» along with the emoji of the Irish flag.
Conor wasn’t the only McGregor that Neeson opened up about, either. He also reflected on his time filming 1999’s The Phantom Menace alongside Ewan McGregor, and one lightsaber fight in particular that involved his character Qui-Gon Jinn.
«I’ll tell you what we did the first day we had to take our lightsabers out,» he said. «And Ewan and I did this at the exact same time. We pulled our lightsabers out and went, ‘dzhhhhhhewww.’ George Lucas said, ‘You don’t have to do the sound effects; we put those in later.’ We felt like twats.»
While the actor responded with a prompt «no» when asked if he’d ever consider partaking in a Star Wars spin-off, he’s also teased stepping away from action films entirely in the near future. Last year, the actor spoke with Sunday TODAY about his thriller Blacklight and aging as an action star, when he revealed that he would get action scripts where the lead in the film was «29 years of age.»
«I turn 70 this year, so I’m still getting away with it,» Neeson said, adding he expects to leave behind his action star title eventually.
«I think the action movies will come to an end — they should,» he said. » The audience is not stupid, you know. They’ll say, «Screw that Liam Neeson. He should be 71, 72, 73…». At some point I’ll stop».
Neeson revealed he was planning to stop filming action movies after this year in another interview, telling Entertainment Tonight that the last couple he filmed in 2022 «will probably be it.»