You may have heard that Brad Pitt recently co-chaired the May 4 Brady Bear gun control awards gala in Los Angeles. The evening was set up to honor President Bill Clinton, who signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act more than 20 years ago.
Breitbart.com took Pitt to task for heading up the anti-gun evening, citing seven examples of films in which Pitt made millions of dollars by playing violent characters who carry and use guns.
The story lists Legends of the Fall, Se7en, The Devil’s Own, Ocean’s Eleven, Mr & Mrs. Smith, Killing Them Softly, and World War Z, but ignores even more big gun films with Pitt’s involvement.
He also used guns in Kalifornia, Fight Club, The Mexican (that one was actually about an antique gun), Inglourious Basterds, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Fury.
But what’s even more off-kilter is that Brad Pitt, along with his wife Angelina Jolie, always show up on listicles of celebrities who love guns, like this one from HuffPo, on which Pitt shows up first, followed by Jolie.
The story offers an often cited quote from Pitt: “America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have one hidden somewhere. That’s my thinking, right or wrong.”
The story quotes Jolie, who has often toted firearms on-screen as well, particularly as Lara Croft, as saying, “Brad and I are not against having a gun in the house, and we do have one. And yes, I’d be able to use it if I had to…If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I’ve no problem shooting them.”
A bunch of Hollywood elites attended the Brady gala, including Will Ferrel, Sarah Silverman, Michael Sheen, Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Linda Cardellini, Clark Gregg, and Mae Whitman.
Clinton delivered a 25-minute speech in which he called enacting gun control in the 1990s “one of the greatest honors of my life.”
Here are a few photos of those other anti-gun celebrities as well: