Rodriguez, who herself co-starred in the feminist thriller, elicited some of the most outraged reactions to her comments from journalists and public figures who believe she may have jumped into the pit Neeson created together with him.
The critically-acclaimed movie star explained: "It's very bad".
However, others were still criticising the actor, with playwright Bonnie Greer telling the BBC that Neeson's comments "probably put paid to his career" and added he "needs to take a rest for a while".
Lily Allen dedicated a song slamming racists to Liam Neeson at her concert on Wednesday. If you listen to everything he's talking about, he's saying that in the moment, and you can't blame him for thinking what he feels, this is what society has wrongly shown him that black people do'.
Someone else posted: "Was really excited for Men in Black: International with @chrishemsworth & @TessaThompson_x".
Whoopi Goldberg has defended her friend Liam Neeson after he came under fire for controversial comments in a recent interview and insisted that he is not a bigot. I asked her, 'Did you know the person?
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"It was easier for Liam Neeson to admit he wanted to commit hate crimes against Black people than it was to accept being called a racist", comedian and filmmaker Hari Kondabolu tweeted. It was a man?
Calls for a boycott of the latest instalment in the Men In Black franchise, in which Neeson plays the head of a United Kingdom branch of a secret service, were accompanied by suggestions that he be removed from the film, which is due to be released in June.
He told Robin Roberts: "There were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in this city, looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence".
"I did seek help".
He then gave a follow-up interview on where he admitted he had been "shocked" by his "primal urge" for revenge. It shocked me and it hurt me. "I went to a priest, who heard my confession" and also later confided in two friends and would go out powerwalking for "two hours a day to get this [anger] out of me".
According to a new report from The Wrap, Neeson has canceled his scheduled appearance on an upcoming episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Is this the end of Neeson as a major Box Office player?