Liam Neeson is here to remind frightened American parents that Taken isn't real

You can visit France without packing throwing knives, don't worry

Christopher Hooton
Wednesday 07 January 2015 16:44

Liam Neeson killed 31 people using a combination of guns, knives, electrocution and neck-breaking all in the name of saving his teenage daughter in Taken, a feat which you could argue stretches believability.

And yet it seems some parents were so shocked by its tale of transatlantic abduction that the actor has been forced to personally remind them that the chances of your child being kidnapped and sold into the sex trade after fortunately very low.

In December, Neeson received a letter from a Texan teacher (not the first) saying she was trying to get 20 pupils to take part in a European school tour, but was struggling due to parents' fears – many specifically citing the Taken movies.

"I was really shocked by that," he told

"These kids had never been outside the state and she was desperate to get some assurance but what I am doing is writing her a letter or a to-whom-it-may-concern letter that she can print out or send to these parents that this is a movie. The chance of your kids being taken in Europe are one in 20 million or something.

"I was shocked, I was just shocked. With the success of these films there is the other side and getting a letter like that ... It’s fiction, I know stuff happens in life but its still fiction, the Taken movies are fiction."

Hopefully an assurance from Neeson that visiting Alaska won't result in you being savaged by wolves is also forthcoming.

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