January 7, 2013
Many violent movies under fire
By MICHAEL RECHTSHAFFEN, Special to QMI Agency

Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand and Sean Penn in Gangster Squad. (Handouts)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who became a mega-star as a terminator, says movie violence alone shouldn't be targeted in the wake of such massacres as last month's Connecticut school shooting.

"(This is) entertainment and the other thing is a tragedy beyond belief. It's really serious and it's the real deal," Schwarzenegger told reporters at a press conference for his violent new movie The Last Stand, opening Jan. 18.

Nevertheless he calls for assuming a shared responsibility in its aftermath.

"I think whenever you have a tragedy like that you would be foolish not to look into what we can do as a society to improve the situation and to reduce the risk," said Schwarzenegger, who plays a small-town sheriff taking on a vicious gang of heavily-armed mercenaries in The Last Stand.