Actor Liam Neeson attends the “Taken 3” Fan Event Screening at AMC Empire 25 theater on Jan. 7 in New York. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Liam Neeson, “the gentle badass” at the center of the dad-saves-daughter “Taken” trilogy, has a somewhat surprising take on the global obsession with guns. He’s just not that into it.

“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there,” Neeson told Gulf News at a Taken 3 presser in Dubai. “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 [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'”

Neeson, 62, is best known for his superhero resurgence as gun-toting father, Bryan Mills. The “Taken” movies are predicated on violent justice. Guns, grenades and whatever Mills can MacGyver into a weapon get just as much (if not more) screen time as the actors do. But Neeson made the distinction between fiction and reality. Growing up loving cowboy movies, he added, didn’t make him a killer in real life.

“A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it’s fantasy. It’s in the movies, you know? I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life and all the rest of it, you know what I mean? It doesn’t mean they’re all going to go out and go, ‘Yeah, let’s get a gun!’'”

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