Celebrities react to Paris attacks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Stars of the film world expressed their shock and condolences on Saturday night after an assault by gunmen and bombers left at least 129 dead in Paris.

Attending the Academy's Governors Awards gala in Los Angeles, where honorary Oscars were awarded to director Spike Lee and actresses Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds, actor Will Smith said he and his wife Jada had been up all night talking about the attacks in the French capital.

"Our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the families involved. What to do? Where does it end? How does it stop? What do you do?" he said.

British actor Ian McKellen and his co-star in the movie Mr Holmes, actress Laura Linney, said it was important not to let the attackers disrupt normal life.

"Terrorists want to disrupt normality and if we want to do something about it, we carry on being normal, do what you do," McKellen said.

Linney added: "You don't quite know how to react or respond or quite know what to do. But I think we follow the Brits' lead there and you, you know, you keep going."

American actor Peter Fonda, alongside his wife Margaret "Parky" Devogelaere, described his first reaction.

"My first reaction is a gut reaction and not always right, but carpet bomb," said Fonda. "Time for the B-52s, screw the side casualties. Get rid of those bunch of thugs. But I don't know what we can do," he said.

British director Danny Boyle said: "It's obviously an attack on tolerance.

"And so, you can only stand up for your values. If we believe in our values, which we do - shared compassion and tolerance - and believe in that. And freedom, really, you know. And that's freedom for all people. And it's difficult to maintain it, to maintain those values in the light of horror like that and what happened in Beirut, the car bombs in Beirut," he added.

The attack on Paris was the worst of its kind in Europe since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in which Islamic radicals killed 191 people.