Films don't kill anyone ..but crazy people do; ACTION HERO BRUCE DEFENDS HIS VIOLENT MOVIES AFTER SHOOTINGS Hollywood actor Bruce Willis is well known for playing gun-toting heroes in action films but he claims the industry should not be blamed for rising gun violence in America.
ACTION movie star Bruce Willis has defended cinema violence and claims America "should have more control of crazy people".
In December last year the whole of the nation was rocked when a gunman killed 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The US is in shock again. A gunman who shot dead a school bus driver was entering the sixth day of a stand-off with police yesterday as he held a five-year-old-boy captive in an underground bunker in Alabama.
Willis, 57, who is the star of the Die Hard franchise and action movies such as The Expendables and Looper, is back with A Good Day To Die Hard, the fifth instalment of the franchise in which he plays the cocky cop John McClane.
But the Hollywood star doesn't believe there's a link TOUGH J between action films and gun-related crime.
'I HAD He said: "No. I understand everybody's idea to ask that question, but you are smarter than that. PROBLEM WITH "You know that films don't cause anyone to commit a crime. Crazy people pick up guns and aim them at other people. Movies are just entertainment.
BUT KNOW KILLS "I've never heard of anybody who has been arrested because they went and watched a film then went crazy.
SO SMOKE' "They were already crazy. They picked up a gun and hurt someone. I think we should have more control of crazy people."
While many in America, including President Barack Obama, want the gun laws changed, it seems Bruce, who this year celebrates 25 years since the original 1988 Die Hard movie, will only commit to people not smoking.
Movie fans will remember in the first film his character McClane lighting up. But in the new movie, released on Valentine's Day, he doesn't.
Bruce said: "I had a problem with smoking. In 1986 it was like, 'Yeah, smoke, whatever'. But now I know it kills you. Nobody wants to die.
"And there was a big thing in Hollywood about not setting that example, but I already had stopped, even before. So, don't smoke."
It's maybe not what everyone wants to hear but Bruce has been around for quite a long time.
He became a household name in the 80s, first in television series Moonlighting alongside Cybill Shepherd before turning into a Hollywood star in films such as Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element and The Sixth Sense. As well as movies, Bruce is often in the papers through his ex-wife Demi Moore and their three daughters including actress Rumer, 24.
In A Good Day To Die Hard, his character says the line: "I spent too much time working, I screwed the kid up."
Bruce in 1988 " Again, it's not something he's going to admit to. ButABruce, who is now married to model Emma Heming and the father of baby girl Mabel, said: "I tried to balance it out, I tried to.
NOW I "I have chosen to work less than I used to. I used to work all the time, but now I just like hanging out with my kids."
IT YOU." He and first wife Demi were married for 13 years before divorcing in 2000.
DON'T When she hooked up with toyboy Ashton Kutcher, who was 15 years her junior, Bruce often turned up at red carpet events looking like a spare part. But it's worked out for him with his second marriage and fourth child while Demi and Ashton have split.
All the while, Bruce made sure he was part of the family for his children's sake.
He said: "I don't think you can be too overprotective. I have four daughters now. I don't know what other fathers do, but I have been very protective of my daughters.
"But I think it works for them. I am learning about what it's like for them to be young adults and in their 20s. I still am trying to make my little baby laugh.
"I just like it, that's all. It's much better now that I'm older. I pay more attention, I think."
He's certainly in a good place. His career is back on track after a blip in the 90s when he had a rare success with Pulp Fiction.
He didn't have a big stand-out hit in the Noughties apart from Sin City and Surrogates. But he is now back again with a vengeance in a string of action movies, including Red 2, which he's filming at the moment, and A Good Day To Die Hard.
Not bad for an oldie who will turn 58 next month. But he's not thinking about getting older.
He said: "I still do the same thing, I still wear the same clothes, I still work out, I still like to eat food. A couple of times in this film I got up a little slower after falling down. But I don't think about it as age, I just think that I landed wrong. But I don't pay that much attention to it."
Maybe Bruce stays young by doing these action movies? He laughed: "There's so much about doing action films that reminds me of being a kid and of playing army, which is what we used to do, or just fighting, or throwing rocks at each other. Those kinds of things."
In the new Die Hard movie, McClane teams up with his son, played by Jai Courtney, and there have been rumours that the film may suggest Bruce handing it over to the younger actor.
But he disagreed: "I don't think I'm retiring in the movie. I am just older, that's all. I'm not ready to give the franchise away. Not yet.
"I never thought about stopping. I always think that there's one more to do."
A Good Day to Die Hard is out in cinemas on February 14.
DIE HARDER 1990 DIE HARD 1988
'I HAD A PROBLEM WITH SMOKING. I BUT NOW I KNOW IT KILLS YOU. SO DON'T SMOKE'
SETTLED DOWN J After divorcing Demi Moore in 2000, Bruce has found love again with British wife Emma Heming, above EXPLOSIVE J Bruce and Jai Courtney, who plays his son, above, team up in the latest Die Hard movie
THRILLING Bruce's adventure as the cocky New York cop continues DRAMATIC Bruce had to tackle cyber terrorists in the last instalment