In a recent interview, actor Kurt Russell, iconic star of classic action movies likeEscape from New York, Big Trouble In Little China, and many others, came out strongly against gun control.
By: Jake Anderson
This article first appeared at ANTIMEDIA
In the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack, Kurt Russell emphatically denied gun control legislation would have prevented the deaths. The longtime actor’s rhetoric, though impassioned, became difficult to follow at times.
“If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists’ point of view, I think you’re, like, out of your mind. I think anybody [who says that]is. I think it’s absolutely insane. The problem, the problem that we’re having right now to turn it around…you may think you’ve got me worried about you’re gonna do? Dude, you’re about to find out what I’m gonna do, and that’s gonna worry you a lot more. And that’s what we need. That will change the concept of gun culture, as you call it, to something [like]reality. Which is, if I’m a hockey team and I’ve got some guy bearing down on me as a goal tender, I’m not concerned about what he’s gonna do — I’m gonna make him concerned about what I’m gonna do…”
The interviewer, Jeffrey Wells, admits the conversation quickly turned contentious and awkward when the subject shifted from movies to violence. He asked Russell about the recent incidents of gun violence, to which Russell replied, “How do you connect the dots?”
Wells then brought up the violence in Quentin Tarantino’s films, to which Russell replied, “Well, Quentin does what he does. He’s painting a picture, writing, telling a story…like a filmmaker. But to mix and match reality with fantasy is something I don’t understand but that’s just me. I think we should understand the difference. To mix today’s politics with, in this case, a tale about, uh, a fictional tale about the Civil War…”
Wells responded: “I’m not talking about politics. I’m talking about a ground-level, water-table…a feeling in people’s bones. People are genuinely…between Paris and San Bernardino the idea of sudden violence becoming a normal, day-to-day aspect coming from the gun culture and everything else…it’s a different vibe, you know?”
In a particularly strange moment, Wells, who may have been needling Russell to incite an agitated reaction, said, “I think we all know…guns are a trope. Not a trope but a totem, a metaphor that disenfranchised white guys need…it makes them feel good about themselves.”
It was at that point that Russell launched into his monologue, stating it is“absolutely insane” to “think gun control will change terrorists’ point of view.”
“Whaddaya gonna do?” Russell said. “Outlaw everything? That isn’t the answer.”
Listen to the entire interview HERE.
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