Many of Hollywood’s A-list actors make millions portraying shoot ‘em up action heroes. Blazing away with an automatic weapon, a pair of six guns and precision sniper rifles help turn them into household names. But, hypocrisy runs deep among some of these prominent celebrities. Apparently, they are willing to cash the checks even though the hate guns.
Here are some of the most notable examples of celebrities who couldn’t be more different than their on-screen personalities — at least when it comes to guns.
Warning: this could make it much harder to watch some of your favorite action movies.
1. Mark Wahlberg
In 2017, Wahlberg became the highest paid actor on the heels of “Transformers: The Last Knight” and other films. He’s reportedly been quoted saying he has only ever used a gun on a movie set. He also, unceremoniously has been quoted saying: “I believe Charlton Heston is America’s best villain because he loves guns so much. Maybe he should get the award for being president of the National Rifle Association.”
2. Sylvester Stallone
If it were not for shoot ‘em up films, Stallone’s career would probably have ended with Rocky III. His “Rambo” and “Expendables” franchises have buoyed a movie career filled with questionable acting. Despite action film enthusiasts marveling at the escalating firepower in each film, Stallone appears comfortable denouncing the tools of his trade. He has been quoted making extreme gun control remarks.
“Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you’re gonna have. It’s pathetic. It really is pathetic. It’s sad. We’re living in the Dark Ages over there,” he has said in the past.
3. Matt Damon
Despite long and storied film credits that include the box office-winning “Bourne” franchise, Damon was cited by the Washington Post as calling for gun confiscation and a total gun ban. He says guns freak him out.
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Perhaps the biggest shocker of the bunch, Arnold has fired more on-screen rounds than most combat platoons. Although he initially ran for governor of California on a pro-Second Amendment platform, politics seems to have changed him. He’s trying to claim there is no correlation between guns in entertainment and reality, and favors increased gun control. Arnold, who took gun enthusiasts’ ticket money, seems to have an excuse for many things these days.
~ Firearm Daily