Liam Neeson shared how he really feels about UFC fighting – and about Conor McGregor.
The actor recently dated Men’s health to answer some internet’s most burning questions for him, starting with his thoughts on the mixed martial arts fights.
“UFC, I can’t stand it,” Neeson said on an episode of “Don’t read the comments.” “That to me is like a bar fight. I know the practitioners say, ‘No, you’re wrong – the months of training we do…’ Why don’t you just grab a beer bottle and hit the other guy on the head? That’s the next phase of the UFC. I detest it.”
He also shared his thoughts on the famous UFC fighter McGregor, adding: “That little leprechaun Conor McGregor, he gives Ireland a bad name. I know he is fit and I admire him for that. But I can’t stand it.”
Elsewhere in the episode, Neeson also talked about the lightsaber fight between his Qui-Gon Jinn and Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
“I’ll tell you what we did on the first day when we had to take out lightsabers,” the actor said. “Ewan and I did this at the exact same time: we pulled out lightsabers and went ‘dzhhhhhhhewww.’ George Lucas said, “You don’t have to do the sound effects. We put those in later.” We felt like wimps.”
Neeson is currently in talks to take on a starring role in Paramount’s Nude gun reboot, which Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer will direct. Plot details for the remake are being kept under wraps, but the original franchise followed the events and mishaps of officer Frank Drebin.