In the wake of a headline-making interview in which Kurt Russell denounced gun control following the San Bernardino shooting, the "Hateful Eight" star is blaming the media.
When the actor was asked about the interview on the ABC daytime talk show "The View" on Friday, he explained that he was "ambushed" by a reporter during the "dog and pony show" of the movie's press tour.
"Sometimes you get, what you kind of feel is slightly ambushed by somebody who's really got an agenda," Russell said. "And that's sort of my opinion of what happened to me the other day."
Russell was referring to a heated interview with Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere, during which he was asked about the "Quentin cult" of violence and gun regulations in the United States.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Actor Kurt Russell and actress Goldie Hawn attend the premiere of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Dolby Theatre on April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actors Goldie Hawn (L) and Kurt Russell attend the Remembering Pavarotti Benefit Concert and Gala featuring Andrea Bocelli and Renee Fleming at The Music Center on September 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Hosts Kurt Russell (L) and Goldie Hawn attend Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkleï¿½s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actor Kurt Russell and actress Goldie Hawn attend the 2014 Baby2Baby gala at The Book Bindery on November 8, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 2: Actress Goldie Hawn and actor Kurt Russell arrive at the premiere of Disneys' 'Miracle' at the El Capitan Theatre February 2, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Actress Goldie Hawn and actor Kurt Russell attend the amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on December 12, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell attend the DuJour X The Hawn Foundation Celebration at Espace on September 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell pose backstage at 'Kinky Boots' on Broadway at The Hirshfeld Theater on September 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
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"If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists' point of view, I think you're, like, out of your mind," Russell said in the interview. "I think it's absolutely insane ... What are you gonna do, outlaw everything? That isn't the answer."
He went on to explain that he didn't think the question was relevant to the movie or the interview, regardless of the film's content. "The last thing I like to watch is actors or entertainers get political ... there's a big difference between fantasy land and reality," he said.
Russell clarified his position, this time tempering his response and leaving room for others to disagree.
"In reality when we're dealing with things like terrorism and what not, we're all going to have different opinions on how to do it, how to deal with it ... I think it's too bad that the debate can't remain kind of civil too," Russell said.