In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine, actor Tim Allen spoke about being a Republican in Hollywood. Allen plays Mike Baxter on the ABC show “Last Man Standing,” which is starting its fifth season. Baxter runs marketing for Outdoor Man, a sporting goods store, drives a pickup truck and lives with his wife and three daughters.
When asked about being on a “Republican-leaning show," Allen answered, “I think we are the only one. They try to make Mike Baxter a caricature, which helps the liberal side be okay with it. I fight that, because I say his opinions are just as valid. I adore my liberal friends. I have nothing but honor and respect for their opinion. I don’t see eye to eye with them, that’s the only difference.”
Allen also answered a question about guns:
I’m a guy’s guy, because I love men that hit stuff, and at least know about guns. I’m not a gun guy, I don’t shoot animals or people. When we were kids, my dad put us through a YMCA class. We know how to load ‘em, clean ‘em, put ‘em away, store ‘em, and never point them at people. That’s just the rule: You don’t get mad and go get a gun. We just learned about them. And then put them away, and none of us ever used them again. The truth of it is, AK47s look dangerous, so they want those outlawed, but a Winchester 3030 is actually, in my mind, far more dangerous. Anyway, we got asked this yesterday, “How do you guys feel about gun violence?” This guy, Mike Baxter, is a guy who works in a store that sells guns, so he has to have an attitude about them. But it’s really mental illness: Most of these big, horrendous events were done by somebody who’s mentally ill.