In 1801, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Lord Elgin, took the 2,500-year-old Ancient Greek treasures from the Parthenon. They are housed in the British Museum and are currently on display as part of the exhibition Defining Beauty: the Body in Greek Art.
"The British must return them, full stop," the 62-year-old actor told a reporter. "Give them back from where they were stolen. They must be returned."
According to the Telegraph, Neeson’s comments echoed those of fellow actor George Clooney, who last year told a Greek journalist that it would be “very nice” if the sculptures, which have been a constant source of conflict between the two countries, were returned to Greece.
Later Clooney said: "I did a little research just to make sure I wasn’t completely out of my mind. Even in England the polling is in favor of returning the marbles from the Pantheon [sic], the Pantheon Marbles."
London mayor Boris Johnson mocked Clooney for calling for them to be returned to ‘the Pantheon,’ which is a temple in Rome.
Clooney’s wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, is also part of the campaign and was drafted in by the Greek government as an advisor on a case aimed at securing the marbles’ return to Athens.