The New York premiere for Liam Neeson's latest film Cold Pursuit has been cancelled amid outcry over revelations he made in a recent interview.

Just hours before the star was set to take to the red carpet in New York City to promote Cold Pursuit, reporters were told by organisers of the event that it was cancelled.

During an interview with the Independent UK, Neeson had admitted that decades ago he harboured violent thoughts about killing a black man after someone close to him was raped.

The actor said he had walked the streets armed with a weapon, hoping he would be approached by someone so that he could kill them.

Neeson appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday to further discuss the story, telling viewers, "I'm not a racist."

The 66-year-old actor also spoke about how ashamed he is at his behaviour at the time.