Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis has become quite the controversial figure as she makes the rounds promoting Halloween. She’s claimed Halloween is a #MeToo film as well as compared her character of Laurie Strode to Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford. She’s also posted images of a shredded U.S. Constitution during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process. And she’s thrown her support behind Colin Kaepernick.
Curtis also came under fire for her stance on firearms. Fox News reported on Curtis’ stance in favor of gun control stating, “But Curtis’s on-screen actions stand in contrast to her real-life persona as an advocate for gun control — one of several Hollywood actors who use firearms in their films while preaching against them away from the set.”
Curtis spoke with USA Today about her views on gun control. Curtis says:
“I’m 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. Anything that can turn a not-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon ban. But 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 get placed, and they have to renew their license just like we do with automobiles – which are weapons also.”
Not only did Curtis express her stance on gun control, but she also talked about how it actually affected Halloween.
“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.”
Interestingly enough, while Curtis states that people should have a license to use a firearm, her character in the film, Laurie Strode, hands out her firearms to her daughter and granddaughter without either of them having a license or having any kind of training with a firearm.
Curtis explains that Strode arms her progeny with firearms that are stored behind a padlocked cabinet, “and then very specifically says what each weapon does and why you would choose that weapon in self-defense.” Lucky they don’t need a license in Halloween or they might end up easy victims for Michael Meyers.
Jamie Lee Curtis goes on to say if she was a pacifist actor she wouldn’t get work in Hollywood:
“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.”
What do you make of Curtis’ comments? Will you be checking out Halloween when it comes to theaters?
Halloween hits theaters on October 19, 2018.