Jamie Lee Curtis Explains Why She Can Use A Gun In A Film And Still Support Gun Control

"It was just silly."

Twitter came to the defense of actress Jamie Lee Curtis earlier this week after Fox News shared an article implying she is a hypocrite for using a gun in the new Halloween reboot, despite advocating for gun control laws in real life. Now Curtis herself is responding to the criticism.

"It was just silly, because they were trying to make a point without ever asking me what I really think," Curtis told USA Today, going on to explain that her views on guns "might surprise them."

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Curtis said she supports "common-sense gun safety and gun laws," including bans on assault weapons and bump stocks, but she's not against 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," she continued.

In fact, Curtis says she actually spoke up on set of the new film to make sure that her character Laurie Strode wasn't using assault weapons when arming herself and her family against the killer Michael Myers.

"I was very clear with the filmmakers that she used the weapons (that) were intended for self-defense for her and her family," the actress shared, adding that the character "very specifically says what each weapon does and why you would choose that weapon in self-defense."

But of course, as many people pointed out on Twitter, it's an actor's job to play characters who may not necessarily share the same beliefs or behavior as them, and there's always a difference between real life and what we see on screen.

A number of funny responses used other Hollywood examples to show how ridiculous the accusation was — from Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe not really being a wizard, to actors who play murderers not actually killing people in real life.

Curtis herself echoed this point when discussing the issue with USA Today, making it clear that her choice of roles doesn't necessarily have to line up with her real-life choices.

"I'm an actress who's in slasher movies," she 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."

(H/T: Mashable)

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