- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jamie Lee Curtis on Wednesday fired back at a Fox News article that painted her as a hypocrite on guns because she pretends to use them in her movies but advocates for gun control in real life.

Fox News published an article Wednesday by Louis Casiano saying Ms. Curtis‘ roles on the big screen “stand in contrast to her real-life persona as an advocate for gun control — one of several Hollywood actors who use firearms in their films while preaching against them away from the set.”

Ms. Curtis responded to the claim in an interview with USA Today, calling it “silly” to suggest she doesn’t believe in responsible gun ownership.

“It was just silly, because they were trying to make a point without ever asking me what I really think,” she said. “And what I think might surprise them.”

Ms. Curtis said she’s vocal about advocating for “common-sense” gun laws, like a ban on so-called “assault” weapons and a ban on bump stocks, but that she firmly believes in the right for Americans to own guns.

“I fully support the Bill of Rights. And fully support the Second Amendment,” she said. “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.”

Ms. Curtis plays Laurie Strode, now a grandmother, in the 11th installment of the “Halloween” franchise, which takes place 40 years after the events of the original 1978 film.

Before shooting the film, which premieres in theaters Oct. 19, Ms. Curtis steered production away from her character stockpiling a cache of weapons, she told USA Today.

“They knew that Laurie was going to be someone who used firearms,” she said. “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.”

In the movie, Ms. Curtis said her character keeps her guns in a padlocked cabinet and at one point “very specifically says what each weapon does and why you would choose that weapon in self-defense.”

While she aims to promote safety, Ms. Curtis said she is an “actor for hire” at the end of the day.

“I’m an actress who’s in slasher movies,” the original “Scream Queen” said. “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.

“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,” she added.


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