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Medical student ruins his career by posting Neeson film quote threat online

By Rebecca Black

A student in England has destroyed his promising career after repeating a quote from one of Ulster-born actor Liam Neeson's most famous roles.

Budding medic Ravindu Thilakawardhana has been banned from practising medicine after repeating a line that Neeson is best known for saying in the movie series Taken.

Thilakawardhana had been studying at Leicester University in October 2013 when he reacted furiously after another student put some explicit photos of a friend of his online.

He posted the quote - "I will look for you, I will find you. And I will kill you" - and a photo from the action movie.

The student had been sent the images by mistake, and Thilakawardhana responded by posting on his Facebook page Neeson's image and the words of his Taken character Bryan Mills.

In the film Neeson says the line to threaten an Albanian thug after his daughter is abducted.

It is now one of the lines he is best known for saying in his distinctive north Antrim brogue.

But Thilakawardhana followed it up with an additional expletive-laden message and warned: "I don't want to see you on a night out in Leicester, or in the UK."

The student reported what happened to the university's medical school and Thilakawardhana was given a reprimand. And, in April last year, a university disciplinary panel decided he was "unfit to practise medicine" and kicked him off the course.

Thilakawardhana insisted he had been provoked, but a judge upheld the university's decision, according to an ITV report.

Taken first hit the UK's cinema screens in 2008.

The gritty storyline propelled Neeson into superstardom, reinventing the actor as a Hollywood action man.

His character crosses the globe to rescue his 17-year-old daughter after she is kidnapped in France by human traffickers and sold into sexual slavery.

There have been two sequels to the original movie, with the third - Taken 3 - released earlier this year.

Neeson's career started at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in 1976.

He hit the big time in the 1980s starring in five films; most notably alongside Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins in The Bounty (1984) and Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons in The Mission (1986).

He landed a leading role alongside Patrick Swayze in Next Of Kin (1989).

He also starred in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar winner Schindler's List, and the historical biopic Michael Collins (1996), and then in Star Wars, before the action thriller series Taken (2008-14).

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