Kurt Russell Expounds on Gun Control and Terrorism While Doing Hateful Eight Press, to His Publicist’s Undoubted Delight

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The problem with doing a hyperviolent, gun-filled Quentin Tarantino film is that someone will eventually ask for your opinion on our hyperviolent, gun-filled reality. Hateful Eight's Kurt Russell got a chance to wax philosophical on the subject in an interview with Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells. "Well, Quentin does what he does. He’s painting a picture, writing, telling a story … like a filmmaker. But to mix and match reality with fantasy is something I don’t understand but that’s just me," Russell explained when asked if fictional, ’90s-style Tarantino violence plays differently in 2015.  Then he really gets into it, eventually declaring: 

If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists’ point of view, I think you’re, like, out of your mind. I think anybody [who says that] is. I think it’s absolutely insane. The problem, the problem that we’re having right now to turn it around … you may think you’ve got me worried about you’re gonna do? Dude, you’re about to find out what I’m gonna do, and that’s gonna worry you a lot more. And that‘s what we need. That will change the concept of gun culture, as you call it, to something [like] reality. Which is, if I’m a hockey team and I’ve got some guy bearing down on me as a goal tender, I’m not concerned about what he’s gonna do — I’m gonna make him concerned about what I’m gonna do …

The interview is extremely candid and sort of heated, but it ends amicably enough. Plus, Kurt Russell's publicist probably got a fun recap of her life as it flashed, in its entirety, before her horrified eyes.