Jamie Lee Curtis has a lot to say about Fox News’ recent call-out piece criticizing her for using guns in films, despite her public support of stricter gun control.
The outlet published a piece earlier this week that was widely criticized on social media describing the 59-year-old actress as “one of several Hollywood actors who use firearms in their films while preaching against them away from the set.” In an interview with USA Today on Wednesday, Curtis called the report “a bunch of nonsense.” It was “just silly,” she continued, of the network to “make a point without ever asking me what I really think.”
“I am vocal about common-sense gun safety and gun laws. For instance, I fully support an assault weapon ban, I fully support a bump stock ban,” she told USA Today. “I fully support the Bill of Rights. And fully support the Second Amendment. And have absolutely no problem with people owning firearms if they have been trained, licensed, a background check has been conducted, a pause button has been pushed to give time for that process to take place. And they have to renew their license just like we do with automobiles – which are weapons also.”
As Fox News pointed out, Curtis has previously used her social media platform to show support for gun law reform, like when she called for stricter laws following a school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas in May that left 10 dead. But those views do not necessarily conflict with the portrayal of her iconic “Halloween” character Laurie Strode in the franchise’s upcoming Oct. 19 release, she explained to USA Today.
“They knew that Laurie was going to be someone who used firearms,” Curtis said of her character when speaking to the outlet. “And I think there were myriad types of firearms that could have been used in the movie. I was very clear with the filmmakers that she used the weapons [that] were intended for self-defense for her and her family.”
Curtis told USA Today that viewers will notice that her character, when preparing to square off with the murderous Michael Myers, even retrieves her firearms from a locked cabinet, “and then very specifically says what each weapon does and why you would choose that weapon in self-defense.”
Curtis made no apologies for being an actress who uses guns in films, however, explaining to the outlet that it’s unavoidable in her line of work.
“I’m an actress who’s in slasher movies. I have to be responsible for my own personal choices in my own personal life. But I am an actor for hire. And honestly, if I had made my career as a pacifist actor, I would never have worked, ever,” she said. “But I have always been proud to represent women who fight back and fight back with intelligence, cunning and creativity, and who fight for their lives and their families’ lives.”
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