'Last Stand' star Schwarzenegger talks gun control
FILE - This publicity film image released by Lionsgate shows Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from, "The Last Stand." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Merrick Morton, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't think there's a parallel between film and real-world gun violence.
The 65-year-old former governor of California returns to the big screen Friday as the sheriff of an Arizona border town tasked with stopping a Mexican cartel boss from returning to Mexico. It marks his first leading role since serving as The Governator for six years.
"I personally feel that this is entertainment," said Schwarzenegger. "The other thing is a serious real life tragedy. I think that we are going to continue doing entertainment. That is what we are doing as our profession, but at the same time, we all have a responsibility, I think, to improve the situation that we are in."
FILE - in this Jan. 14, 2013 photo, Jaimie Alexander, left, and Arnold Schwarzenegger attend the after party for the LA premiere of "The Last Stand" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)
Schwarzenegger noted it's important not to stigmatize mental illnesses. He also cited parenting, education, security and gun laws as contributing factors to the issue of gun violence.
"We as a society have the responsibility to look at this and leave no stone unturned," he said.
Despite returning to moviemaking with "The Last Stand" and last year's "The Expendables 2," Schwarzenegger still wants to keep a toe in the political pool. He launched a think tank last year at the University of Southern California, the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. He hopes to work on reforming immigration, energy and environmental policies.