Gun control should die hard: Bruce Willis
Big shot: Bruce Willis with co-stars Sebastian Koch (left) and Jai Courtney at a promotion for A Good Day to Die Hard. Photo: Markus Schreiber
Action superstar Bruce Willis has come out guns blazing, not just in a new film, but against new gun control laws being proposed in the US.
Willis has fervently denied that Hollywood plays any part in real-life gun violence during the promotion of the latest instalment in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard.
“No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There's nothing to support that,” Willis said. “We're not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts. Those kind of movies wouldn't last very long at all.”
He believed the proposed restrictions infringed on Americans' right to bear arms.
“I think that you can't start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it's all going to become undone,” Willis said. "If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn't they take all your rights away from you?”
The trigger-happy action star added that he didn't see how additional legislation could prevent future mass shootings, like the one at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
"It's a difficult thing and I really feel bad for those families," he said. "I'm a father and it's just a tragedy. But I don't know how you legislate insanity. I don't know what you do about it. I don't even know how you begin to stop that."
Willis's Die Hard cop character, John McClane, is celebrating 25 years of screaming "yippie-ki-yay" and killing bad guys on the silver screen, with the 57-year-old actor making no plans to ease up.
He will also star in the upcoming sequels G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Red 2, both due out later this year.
A Good Day to Die Hard will blaze onto Australian cinema screens on March 21.
AP, with Aja Styles