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Sundance stars sound off on gun violence in film
Bell doesn't mind seeing violent films but advocates for greater awareness of mental illness and for stricter gun control.
"It's such a paradoxical issue. Because those movies don't bother me at all. And it doesn't bother me when I see people shoot guns. Yet I'm fully for more gun control in reality," she said. "Because I'm smart enough to recognize what's reality and what's not. And I think that's an issue that needs to be addressed... A lot of the people that are picking up guns have an inability to distinguish between reality and fantasy. And I think that's probably — though I do support gun control, a tighter gun control than we have now — that's an issue that deserves to be addressed because that's probably the root of it."
Ellen Page, who co-stars with Skarsgard in "The East," noted that gun restrictions are much more pervasive in her home country, Canada.
"You can't buy some crazy assault rifle that is made for the military to kill people. And like that to me is just like a no-brainer," she said. "Why should that just be out and be able to be purchased? That does not make me feel safe as a person."
Corman also cited Canada's response to movie violence.
"Canada sees the same motion pictures that we do. They play the same video games that we do. They see the same television that we do. Their crime rate — and specifically their murder rate — is a tiny fraction of ours," he said. The only difference is they have strong gun control laws and we (don't). I wish somebody would ask the head of the NRA how he explains that."
Skarsgard suggested it may be time to revisit the Second Amendment.
"The whole Second Amendment discussion is ridiculous to me. Because that was written over 200 years ago, and it was a militia to have muskets to fight off Brits," he said. "The Brits aren't coming. It's 2013. Things have changed. And for someone to mail-order an assault rifle is crazy to me. They don't belong anywhere but the military to me. You don't need that to protect your home or shoot deer, you know."
AP Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson is on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ryanwrd .
AP Movie Writer David Germain contributed to this report.