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Hollywood's depiction of guns is fraudulent, says Dustin Hoffman [View all]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jan/30/hollywood-guns-fraudulent-dustin-hoffman


'There's nothing interesting about guns' Dustin Hoffman. Photograph: David Levene

The Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman has dismissed the depiction of gun violence in Hollywood as "fraudulent" and claimed that studios actively discriminate against actors who refuse to carry firearms onscreen.

Interviewed on National Public Radio in the US, The Graduate star became the latest high-profile figure to wade into the debate following the killing of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Advocates of gun control have used the opportunity to press for new laws to combat similar massacres, but Hollywood has also come under sustained pressure for what many see as its glamorisation of firearm use.

Hoffman, 75, said he had tried throughout his career to avoid films which required him to use guns on screen though he conceded he carried a weapon in Straw Dogs, Hook and Little Big Man for very personal reasons and because he does not believe they should be part of the entertainment industry.

"I have always felt passionate about the fact that the audience is identifying (with movie violence) in a very fraudulent way," Hoffman revealed. "I don't find anything interesting about a gun. A gun is there to threaten or kill."

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