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Oscar-winner also accuses the industry of discriminating against actors who don't want to use guns in films

The Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman has dismissed the depiction of gun violence in Hollywood as "fraudulent" and claimed that studios actively discriminate against actors who refuse to carry firearms onscreen.

Interviewed on National Public Radio in the Us, The Graduate star became the latest high-profile figure to wade into the debate following the killing of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Advocates of gun control have used the opportunity to press for new laws to combat similar massacres, but Hollywood has also come under sustained pressure for what many see as its glamorisation of firearm use.

Hoffman, 75, said he had tried throughout his career to avoid films which required him to use guns on screen – though he conceded he carried a weapon in Straw Dogs, »

- Ben Child

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