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Why Action Heroes Suck at Picking Weapons

That title, of course, is a little tongue-in-cheek, since actors have no say whatsoever what the prop department yanks out of the studio warehouse. What they slap in a fake superspy’s palm has more to do with fantasy and projecting the correct image than any practical utility. “Better than nothing” is not a compliment.

The veracity of weapons in action movie history is notoriously sketchy. For every whisper-quiet “silencer,” there are stories of actors and actresses training to make their action scenes as believable as possible. Before we dip into the action hall of shame, we should point out that there are some stars who don’t shy away from the gritty details, and know a decent weapon from a Nerf gun. Egged on by his Collateral director (not that he ever needed encouragement), Tom Cruise lost himself in the role of a contract hitman. Keanu Reeves gets extra credit for firearm training, mastering the mechanics of a modern-day gunslinger. According to Val Kilmer, one of the stars of the 1995 crime flick Heat, a certain scene of him reloading a rifle was so impressive that the U.S. Marine Corps would show it to new recruits to demonstrate the speed that is expected in drills.

Not everyone can be John Wick. The average actor has about as much first-hand skill with a gun as the Girl Scout who sold them a box of over-priced Thin Mints. The villians don’t fare much better.

Hope Dirty Harry Saved the Receipt
dirty harry sudden impact gun

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In a more realistic world, Detective Harry Callahan would be dead in about four seconds, the approximate time it takes for the .44 Auto Mag Pistol to jam. His massive gun, as seen in the Dirty Harry film Sudden Impact, has a bad reputation. He should have stuck with his trusty revolver instead of the AMP. Even gun nuts despise the thing with a passion. There’s a reason this thing went out of production and the company went out of business. All the good press and free marketing in the world was not enough to save this turd from the dustbin of history. It’s got the weight and ergonomics of a blender, and about as effective at fifty yards.

Almost as famous as Dirty Harry’s .44 magnum is James Bond’s pistol. Taking aim squarely at the suavest secret agent who ever lived, Pulitzer-winning journalist and crime author Stephen Hunter criticized none other than Bond for his choice of sidearm. In his Washington Post piece, Hunter was bewildered by Bond’s favorite gun, the iconic Walther PPK, mocking the pistol for its terrible sights, jarring recoil, gritty trigger, and tendency to gouge up the shooter’s hands with sharp pointy edges. In 007’s defense, he had it thrust upon him. Maybe it was better in the fifties when Ian Fleming wrote his novels, we’ll never be sure if it was purely aesthetics. Bond always was a snob. Makes sense he’d like German craftsmanship. Good thing a license to kill comes with NHS coverage.

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“That Belongs in a Museum!”
VIP C96 Mauser Sony Pictures Television

Modern action-movie viewers might recognize the Sten MK II, better known as simply the Sten, as the face of the British infantry during WWII. Later it became the go-to bad-guy gun, seen in countless James Bond movies and the Austin Powers films. In Allied, it is depicted as a precise weapon ideal for special ops. It’s more likely that any British commando would ditch it immediately for a German gun, seeing how they both used the exact same ammo and magazines. In the most daring commando operation in the whole of WWII, Anthropoid, the Sten failed in dramatic fashion, jamming like a rusty stapler.

The Sten was a last-ditch machine gun, designed to be as cheap and easy to produce as possible to replace more reliable and expensive guns. It was pieced together so awkwardly, soldiers never knew exactly how to grip it. It was constructed together with all the grace of a kid mashing Lego pieces together. The weight distribution and ease of handling were notorious, with the extra bonus of accidentally discharging if a soldier ever dropped it as consequence of its very basic blow-back firing system. In an ironic twist, the pernicious movie cliché of guns firing when dropped likely originated with this piece of janky hardware, earning the Sten that much more scorn. No one would ever opt for this outdated hunk of junk if they had the choice, especially an evil super genius like Dr. Evil.

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Even if you know nothing about history or firearms, you’re also familiar with the Mauser C96, often affectionately called the “broomhandle” for its grip that looks curiously out of place. Evidently it was so cool that George Lucas’ British prop team repurposed the archaic German-made C96 as Han Solo’s blaster in Star Wars. There’s a reason you see this in WWII films and in period pieces like Indiana Jones films, westerns, and Peaky Blinders; it’s absolutely ancient, predating the Model T by several years. Now imagine Dom Torretto bringing a Model T to a street race against a modern Ferrarri, and you begin to see the issue. It simply doesn’t make much sense why an international crime lord in Lethal Weapon 2 would use it, let alone a guy in a post-apocalyptic Australia as in Fury Road, but that just might be a call back by George Miller to one of the goons in the original Mad Max film in 1979, another firearm-related scene which made no sense in context.

Sticking it to the Bad Guy
Oddjob from Goldfinger United Artists

Firearms are relatively easy to rate, a long history of warfare to gauge their reliability. How do you evaluate the viability of a bowler hat with a razor blade? Going by Oddjob’s final outcome in Goldfinger, not very well.

Of all the impromptu weapons in pop culture, nailguns seem to pop up often, best exemplified in the nailgun scene from The Equalizer. This obviously wouldn’t work for a number of reasons. Besides the inability to fire a nail unless it is held against a hard surface to fire, the average nail from a pneumatic nail-gun fires below the speed of a BB gun. That’s enough to pierce skin or shoot your eye out up close, but not nearly enough to kill. Ask Werner Herzog. To say nothing of the tumbling effect of a nail over distance. Home Depot will not address your home defense needs. Kudos to Lethal Weapon for getting it right.

Sci-fi is another story. Sorry Trekkies, jury’s still out on the Bat’leth. Not much hard data on that made-up Klingon dueling weapon. It does have the appearance of something you would buy at the mall, and doesn’t have much range, so not looking good. We’re going to assume that was ceremonial. As far as outrageous futuristic sci-fi gear goes, it’s got nothing on the ZF 1 from The Fifth Element.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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