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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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97Comments
Jan 18, 2013 4:53AM
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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.
Jan 17, 2013 1:29PM
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his life is only something that could have been created in hollywood.
Jan 17, 2013 12:36PM
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Arnold Schwarzenegger states " I feel my acting range has expanded over the years "

Yeah right Arnold is that why every movie you have been in has been a action movie ?

Your cast in action rolls only because it does not require alot of dialog.

This is why Sylvester Stallone keeps acting in the same kind of movies even though both you and him look like foolish trying to play a younger actor's role.

Try aging gracefully like Clint Eastwood and act in age appropriate roles instead of parading around like Stallone with no shirt on showing off your steroid fueled body just like he does.

Jan 17, 2013 11:46AM
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the movie opens friday. well, it's not called 'bullet to the head', at least.
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