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Josh Brolin Talks Releasing ‘Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter’ In Age of Gun Debates

SXSW 2018: Brolin discusses culture around hunting that lies far away from the debates surrounding gun control

Last Updated: March 11, 2018 @ 1:34 PM

While recent shootings have made gun control a hot button topic in America, that didn’t stop Josh Brolin from starring in “The Legacy of a White Tail Deer Hunter,” a father-son comedy about a favorite American pastime involved with guns — hunting.

“Where I grew up, there was incredible respect around guns, and I’m considered a liberal or whatever that is,” Brolin told TheWrap’s Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman at SXSW. “But at the same time there’s a culture where I come from, where that’s just a part of what you do.”

Directed by Jody Hill and premiering at SXSW, “Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter” stars Brolin as Buck Ferguson, a passionate outdoorsman, whose hunting TV specials have a huge following. But when he discovers that his ex-wife (Carrie Coon) is getting remarried to a man who can be simply described as his polar opposite, he decides to take his estranged city slicker son (Montana Jordan) out on a hunting trip so he can bag his first whitetail.

“This movie really embraces the relationship [between father and son] and has nothing to do about the guns except for what he perceives to be the better gun in this one scene.”

To see why Brolin thinks the film might actually have a message against fetishizing guns, check out the clip above. “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter” hits Netflix July 6.