Liam Neeson has come under fire from animal rights activists after admitting he sampled some wolf meat during the filming of his latest blockbuster “The Grey”.

In his newly released flick, the Belfast born actor plays the leader of a group of oil workers who are being hunted by wolves after their plane crashes in the Arctic.

On the press circuit for the movie, Neeson admitted he tried some wolf stew.

"It was very gamey," he said, according to

"But I'm Irish, so I'm used to odd stews. I can take it. Just throw a lot of carrots and onions in there and I'll call it dinner."

The 59-year-old added that while other cast members got sick, he "went up for seconds".

In a statement, the animal rights group PETA said: "Neeson's stance on kindness to animals is sorely out of step with the rest of the world."
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The group urged movie goers "Don't just shy away. Run away from The Grey."

Despite CGI featuring heavily in the film, PETA claims the film's director, Joe Carnahan, got a wolf carcass from a trapper for some of the film’s footage.

"Many animals caught in traps chew off their own limbs in order to escape," said Jane Dollinger, a spokeswoman for PETA.

"These animals go on to die of gangrene or other secondary infections, sometimes leaving nursing puppies abandoned to fend for themselves."

The films producers declined to comment.

Watch the trailer for “The Grey”: