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'Last Stand' star Schwarzenegger talks movies and gun control
By NATALIE ROTMAN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't think there's a parallel between film and real-world gun violence.

The 65-year-old former governor of California returns to the big screen Friday as the sheriff of an Arizona border town tasked with stopping a Mexican cartel boss from returning to Mexico. It marks his first leading role since serving as the "Governator" for six years.

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"I personally feel that this is entertainment," said Schwarzenegger. "The other thing is a serious, real-life tragedy. I think that we are going to continue doing entertainment. That is what we are doing as our profession, but at the same time, we all have a responsibility, I think, to improve the situation that we are in."

Schwarzenegger noted it's important not to stigmatize mental illnesses. He also cited parenting, education, security and gun laws as contributing factors to the issue of gun violence.

"We as a society have the responsibility to look at this and leave no stone unturned," he said.

Despite returning to moviemaking with "The Last Stand" and last year's "The Expendables 2," Schwarzenegger still wants to keep a toe in the political pool. He launched a think tank last year at the University of Southern California, the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. He hopes to work on reforming immigration, energy and environmental policies.

"Those things need to be addressed -- and even the budget deficit," said Schwarzenegger. "How do you stop spending $1.3 trillion more than we are taking in? What do we do about it? All of those things I think were a failure, so our institute will address all those issues and study it. I will be involved with that, but I am not sitting in Sacramento. I am, in the meantime, sitting in Hollywood and continuing in the movie business."

Schwarzenegger said his smaller part in "The Expendables 2" prepared him for his starring role in "Last Stand," which also features Johnny Knoxville. He'll next be seen alongside Sylvester Stallone in "The Tomb," set for release later this year.

"I feel I have a bigger range, acting-wise," said Schwarzenegger. "It could be because of the age. It could be because of my experience that I have had now as governor."

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Jan 18, 2013 5:39AM
Arnold is a paradox. He made a fortune starring in violent movies but during his tenure in Sacramento he was very anti-gun. As his latest movie comes out he states that violence in movies doesn't cause violence in real life.  Really? Then why did we pull cigarettes ads from television and limit the amount of smoking we see in movies?
Jan 18, 2013 5:01AM
"Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't think there's a parallel between film and real-world gun violence."

What makes him an expert?  He probably doesn't think there's a parallel between having sex with a housekeeper, love child, divorce and public humiliation.  

No one cares what he thinks.

Jan 17, 2013 1:29PM
his life is only something that could have been created in hollywood.
Jan 18, 2013 5:09AM
Yes, you all remember Arnie the Snark, well respected author and clinician in the world of human behavior.  Much of his research has been conducted in the back closet of his own home with his live-in female research assistants.  So, just consider the source on these remarks.  There are times when I really wonder why journalists even give certain people's remarks the light of day and this article would certainly be one of those instances!
Jan 18, 2013 4:53AM
Like Arney is going to bite the hand that made him. He should go to the E.R's and see how many under 18 kidsare treated for injuries replicating action movies and wrestling.
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