Regarding action scenes & violence: In drama — like in real life — there’s got to be a reason for such action. You don’t just do it for an effect. And when violence becomes an effect, then I say no. But this is the challenge that we’re trying to bring to the writers and producers — make the action that we do better, more specific, more inventive. And if what I can do very well — which is shoot and fight and carry on — is just going to be used for the sake of it, then I’m not going to do it anymore.
Regarding his role in Rage and whether viewers/fans would be turned off by his character and his performance: Maybe it’s better to look at television from time to time from a different perspective. And that is that television is not just an escape … I always hoped that television would touch. I continue to believe that. I hope that.
Regarding the right to bear arms: There is the implicit responsibility that goes with buying, owning, and using a gun, but there is an even greater responsibility to all of society, especially to the inadvertent or innocent victim of the firearm. The right to bear arms is no more important than my or my neighbor’s right to live in safety. It’s a wise policy that the U.K. has of banning handguns, although, as we’re all painfully aware, a ban by itself stops no one who would choose a firearm to express his rage.