Liam Neeson has received a letter of complaint from a Texan teacher who blames his Taken movies for putting her students off school trips to Europe.

In the first film, the Northern Irish actor plays a former Cia operative who takes matters into his own hands when his daughter and her friend are kidnapped while travelling in France, while the second installment, Taken 2, is another kidnap drama set in Turkey.

Neeson fears the action franchise has had a negative effect on some American tourists, who have been put off travelling around Europe, and one school teacher holds him personally responsible.

The star tells U.K. chat show host Graham Norton, "Just the other day I got a letter from a school teacher in Texas who had tried to take 60 students to Europe and the families of 40 of them got the kids out of it because they had seen Taken 2. And then this year she wanted to take 20 of them and the parents all said, 'No, because we've seen that movie!'"

The actor will reprise his role in Taken 3, which is due for release in January (15).