VIA| Kurt Russell is a hardcore Libertarian who takes his right to bear arms very, very seriously. He has always been a favorite of mine and so has his long time partner, Goldie Hawn. Russell is a refined, eloquent man who is simply lovable. He would have made a wonderful diplomat, but that would have been Hollywood’s loss, because he is also an exceptional actor. Originally, I was not going to see his new movie, The Hateful Eight, because it was written and produced by Quentin Tarantino, who is a stone cold cop hater. But that was before I knew Kurt Russell had a starring role. I wouldn’t miss it for the world now and he is already being mentioned in connection with the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. Russell gets it exactly right about guns… this is not the time to lay down your weapons.
From the Daily Mail:
‘Sure I believe in the right to bear arms, as guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the American constitution,’ explains 64-year-old Kurt Russell, Hollywood A-lister and long-term partner of Goldie Hawn.
He is not ranting or raving in his luxurious hotel suite in the West End of London. Far from it.
This dapper and urbane man is sitting one leg crossed over the other, dressed immaculately and smiling serenely.
‘This is what people need to understand,’ he continues when asked about gun reform after the most recent school shootings in the States and the terrorist attack in San Bernardino that left 14 dead and 22 injured.
‘Now is not a good time to lay down your weapons – how will you protect yourself?
‘I am a libertarian, a hardcore one, and of course I have guns. I shoot things with them. I hunt game.’
Lose the last three and they are words that could quite easily be escaping from beneath the unkempt but extravagant whiskers of his character John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth – a 19th-century bounty hunter handcuffed to his wretched female prize (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and trapped by a blizzard in a remote staging post with a rum collection of coves. It is the premise of the latest Quentin Tarantino epic, The Hateful Eight.
And it is an epic, running at over three hours long, with an overture, an intermission and chapter headings. Russell has already been tipped for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.
If more people were armed in the US, there would be a whole lot less crime. It is the biggest deterrent to criminal activity out there. You meet force with force and don’t negotiate or cower. You are the best one to protect yourself and you need a gun to do that. Russell’s new movie will be violent, but epic in its filming and scope. And the acting will be top drawer. In almost 100 outings on the big screen he’s appeared as gunslinger Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, a tough helicopter pilot in John Carpenter’s horror film The Thing (also filmed in grueling sub-zero conditions), a futuristic soldier on a waste disposal planet in Soldier, and as a psychopathic stuntman in Tarantino’s Death Proof. The first time I ever saw him was in an episode of Lost in Space. I’ve loved the guy ever since. Russell and Hawn have been together a lifetime and love each other very much. He feels like he’s lived a good life and by all accounts he has. With many more years to come and a lot more guns.