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Jamie Lee Curtis Responds to Halloween Gun Rights Controversy

Jamie Lee Curtis responds to criticisms about her character in this year's Halloween movie using a gun despite she being a gun control activist. It's been several years since Curtis reprised her iconic role as Laurie Strode in a Halloween movie, but she decided to come back for the franchise's 40th anniversary and continue the story that left off with John Carpenter's original film from 1978, while also introducing a new generation of characters to potentially continue the story if she chooses not to return again.

In David Gordon Green's sequel, Curtis' Strode is no longer the victim - or the horror franchise's designated scream queen - but rather she goes on the hunt and plans to take on Michael Myers this time around. In doing so, she has become quite adept at handling all sorts of firearms, which has been shown in Halloween's trailers. Strangely, Curtis' character using guns in the movie seems to have sparked a controversy online, since she's been a staunch advocate of gun control. But Curtis has something to say about the sudden kerfuffle.

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Speaking with USA Today, Jamie Lee Curtis addressed the recent article from Fox News that questioned why Curtis' character uses a gun in the Halloween movie despite the actress being for gun control, saying that while she's not anti-gun - in the sense that she supports every part of the U.S. Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment - she does support gun restriction laws. But she ultimately hit the nail on the head when she said that's she's an actress for hire, and she has a responsibility to the role.

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

"They knew that Laurie was going to be someone who used firearms. 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. 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. 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."

Just like Curtis says at the end of her response, she's an actress who has a role to play - and the character that appears in this year's Halloween movie is one that is significantly different than the one that appeared in the first movie all those years ago, not to mention the Laurie Strode that she's played in the various Halloween movies since. Regardless of this seemingly emerging controversy, it does appear that it will have much of an impact on the film's box office performance when it hits theaters later this month.

Halloween is already earning rave reactions from critics, and it's on track for the best opening weekend in the franchise's history, which is quite impressive for a series that has been around for decades. And Blumhouse already sees the potential in continuing the story, for they are reportedly developing a Halloween sequel that could possibly hit theaters next October - but whether that happens or not remains to be seen.

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Source: USA Today

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  • Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018
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