Let this be said about actor Liam Neeson: at least he’s honest. And that honesty was on full display Wednesday afternoon on the live edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter.
The actor was on set to promote his new movie “Taken 2.” But because he was on a sports show, the host had to make sure to make the first part about, well, sports. Only problem? Liam Neeson (the voice of Aslan in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series) is from Ireland and isn’t really versed in American sports. But that didn’t stop the show from making him out to be a huge New York sports fan in the introduction and trying to get his opinion on the Tim Tebow controversy and all things Gangreen.
“Ok, we better start again — can we? Are we live? Oh, sh**,” Neeson said after the first question about the Jets “debacle.”
As soon as he said that, you knew it wasn’t going to end well. And it didn’t. But at least Neeson went on to admit he doesn’t watch football and doesn’t even understand the game. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop anchor Mike HIll from continuing to ask more questions.
Watch the painful exchange below:
And if you’re wondering why a movie is getting airtime during regular sports news programming the answer is: welcome to the era of everything being sponsored. It’s just something you have to get used to.