Actor Liam Neeson has been criticized by the gun manufacturers that provided the guns for his film "Taken 3" after his remarks against gun proliferation in the U.S.
Neeson made his comments to Gulf News in response to the terrorist attacks in France earlier this month.
"First off, my thoughts and prayers and my heart are with the deceased, and certainly with all of France, yesterday. I've got a lot of dear friends in Paris," he told the newspaper.
"There's too many guns out there. Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There's over 300 million guns – privately owned – in America. I think it's a disgrace. Every week now we're picking up a newspaper and seeing, 'Yet another few kids have been killed in schools,'" the actor said.
However, Neeson said the gun problem is not connected to "violent action movies."
"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...," he said. "A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it's fantasy," he said.
The firearms company disapproved of the comments of Neeson, who played the part of Bryan Mills, a former operative of the Central Intelligence Agency, in the "Taken" trilogy.
"PARA USA regrets its decision to provide firearms for use in the film 'Taken 3.' While the film itself 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," the gun manufacturer said in its Facebook page.
"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," it added.