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Published on Jan 07, 2013
 

Schwarzenegger says film violence not linked to school shooting

 
 

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Arnold Schwarzenegger may be one of the world's biggest action stars but the former governor of California says violence in films is entertainment and should not be linked to tragic events like the Connecticut school shooting in which 20 children died.

The star of films such as The Terminator, Predator and True Lies told a press conference before the opening of his new movie, The Last Stand, on Jan 18 that "one has to keep (the two) separate."

"(This is) entertainment and the other thing is a tragedy beyond belief. It's really serious and it's the real deal," Schwarzenegger, 65, told reporters.

The actor, who will star in his first leading role in the film since serving as California governor for seven years, said the tragedy in which a gunman killed 20 children and six staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec 14, is about more than just guns.