Celebrities who push gun control are the Nickelback of liberals who push gun control (see Patricia Arquette Tweets About Guns, Gets Owned by Donald Trump Jr. and Jessica Chastain Just Used the Las Vegas Shooting to Push a Failed Gun Control Movie). Reason being, not many have an issue making money in videos with guns. Because as Ethan Hawke points out, that’s where the money is.
There’s also a direct equation — you know there have been people talking so much about gun control in this country. And I noticed recently, if you put in a column of every movie I ever did where I carry a gun, and every movie where I don’t, and my salary… I really think it would be about 92% to 8%.
You realize how much our identity has been wrapped up, about what we want, and how we see people, and how hard it is to sell a movie without a gun — no wonder we’re in turmoil over this subject.
Reality bites for celebrity gun control zealots.
Liberals hate guns and gun owners. The rest of America hates criminals and people who kill other people. Whether it be with a gun, a van, an IED, or Seth Meyers on repeat.
Also, to the movie thing. Movies with guns are typically action flicks. Movies with great dialogue are dramas. Deadpool aside. Action movies do better at the box office than dramas. 300 had no guns. As I recall, it smashed the box office. Similarly, take any Lord of the Rings movie and compare it to, say, Little Miss Sunshine. Action movies just have a wider audience. We can moan and groan about that or we can accept reality for what it is. It’s not always about the gun. Sometimes it’s about the car chase. The stunts. The explosions. Guys flying through windows. Or listening to a lecture from your engineer friend who explains it’s not possible to do that thing Tom Cruise is doing.
But what Hawke is really admitting is Hollywood likes to make money more than it likes to be principled. So if Hollywood was really concerned with “gun culture” and “gun control” they wouldn’t sell out by spicing their movies with 9mms and AR-15s. Yet, to make hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars, that’s exactly what they do. Hypocrites all.
Though while on the topic of Seth Meyers: