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Liam Neeson Reminds American Parents 'Taken' Isn't Real Life

07/01/2015 12:18 GMT | Updated 08/01/2015 16:59 GMT

Movie star Liam Neeson was forced to speak up when more than 40 Texan parents refused to let their children go on a school trip - because they were scared by one of his films.

The Irish actor has been contacted twice over the past two years by the same schoolteacher over fears children might be Taken if they travel across the pond.

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The teacher was attempting to organise an educational excursion to Europe for 60 students, but the parents of 40 children raised concerns.

Neeson told News Corp Australia: "These kids had never been outside the state and [the teacher] 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 is one in 20 million or something."

The actor, who plays retired CIA agent Bryan Mills in the Taken series, felt the need to quell the Texan parents' fears.

"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 the Taken movies are fiction," he added.

Neeson reprises his role as Mills in Taken 3, which lands in cinemas this month.

“I was not keen on doing a third, I will be honest with you,” he said. “I remember saying ‘If anyone gets taken I’m not doing it, you can’t insult the audience with this. A third time?’"