Tom Arnold Slams Hollywood’s Anti-Gun Stance

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Tom Arnold just slammed Hollywood’s anti-gun stance and suggested if it benefited them financially they would be “shooting movies in Syria.”

During an interview that published Friday in the Hollywood Reporter that looks at “the gun industry’s lucrative relationship with Hollywood,” the 57-year-old actor was one of the few in tinsel town willing to go on the record and talk about the relationship between the entertainment industry and the NRA. (RELATED: Hollywood: Anti-Second Amendment Movie Bombs)

CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Ashley Groussman (L) and actor Tom Arnold attend the Fifth Annual Baby2Baby Gala, Presented By John Paul Mitchell Systems at 3LABS on November 12, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)

(Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)

“If you’re telling certain stories, you’ll need to have guns,” Arnold said. “But I don’t see smoking anymore [in productions]. Look, everyone talks about ‘liberal Hollywood,’ but I don’t know that that’s the case, particularly with guns.” (RELATED: Box Office Disaster — No One Expected Jessica Chastain’s Gun Control Movie To Flop This Hard [VIDEO])

“This is an industry where, if the tax credits were right, we’d probably be shooting movies in Syria right now,” he added.

The outlet said they reached out to 50 actors, producers, writers and directors and got a very lukewarm response.

“This election has shown that the power of this industry’s voice is perhaps overstated,” Modern Family show runner Steve Levitan said. “It’s become very easy to dismiss Hollywood types as out of touch.”

“I think rational people can see the difference between escapism and real life,” he continued.

“Every other country has the same access to video games and films and television that we do, and they don’t have the same epidemic levels of gun violence that we do,” Clark Gregg star of ABC’s Marvel hit “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” said while disputing the argument that onscreen violence has a direct correlation to offscreen violence.


Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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