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1. Liam Neeson references his racism controversy in 'Atlanta' cameo

Remember that time Liam Neeson casually admitted he once wanted to commit a racist murder? Allow him to remind you. On the latest episode of Atlanta, Neeson plays a fictional version of himself and has a conversation with Brian Tyree Henry's character about "my transgression" — as in, that time the real Neeson in 2019 revealed that when a friend of his was raped by a Black man, he roamed the streets with a weapon hoping to get into a fight with a random Black person so he could kill them. In the episode, the fictional Neeson apologizes, but the scene takes a turn when Henry's character forgives him and says it's good to hear he doesn't hate Black people. "No, no, no, no, I can't stand the lot of you," Neeson says. "Well, now I feel that way because you tried to ruin my career." Clearly, poking fun at himself is included in Neeson's very particular set of skills.

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