Arnold Schwarzenegger Defends Violence in Movie, Gives 'Conan' Updates
Quentin Tarantino is not the only one who disagrees with opinions that movie violence plays role in some shooting tragedies that happened recently in the States. Arnold Schwarzenegger also shares the same idea with QT, insisting that people "know the difference" between scenes in the big screen and real-life violence.
Arnie, who will soon be seen in R-rated actioner "The Last Stand", tells USA Today, "Sane people know the difference... We have to separate the two." He goes, "What's most important is that we, as a society, do a better job to prevent these sort of things. You cannot totally eliminate them. There will always be some crazy guy out there shooting. There are mentally ill people. The question is, what can we do?"
The former Governator thinks that people who blame Hollywood for the tragedies are misguided. "It's finger-pointing. I wouldn't just go pointing at the NRA (National Rifle Association) that it's their fault. Or video games. Or gun manufacturers. The reality, it's a very complex issue," he says. "It's mental illness. Insanity. If we don't address that, we don't have much."
Meanwhile, in a different interview during a recent press junket of "The Last Stand", Arnie gave some updates on a new "The Legend of Conan" movie project. He said, "Universal finally came forward and said, 'You're absolutely right. The previous regime has missed the boat here. We want to pick it up'."
" 'We're going to buy the rights and we're going to be serious about it and make a quality film with an A-director and with A-writers and so on. And we want you to participate in this. We want you to star and you to play Conan. We're going to take a story where Conan is at that age so it's totally believable and you're not looking like a 30-year old action guy'."
Plans to bring back Arnie in the new "Conan" were revealed last October. At the time, producers Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan said the project targeted a summer 2014 release. Morgan would likely also serve as the screenwriter after he finished penning the script for the seventh "Fast and Furious" movie.
Malmberg explained his vision of the plot, "The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. It's that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he'll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle."
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