Helen Mirren talks 'Winchester' film, impact of gun deaths

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Helen Mirren talks 'Winchester' film, impact of gun deaths
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, Helen Mirren arrives at the 9th annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Mirren says her latest film “Winchester” isn’t really a horror film, but rather a ghost story with a very distinct American element. The 72-year-old Oscar winner plays Sarah Winchester, a heiress who inherited a massive fortune from her husband’s invention of the Winchester repeating rifle after the Civil War. In the film, Winchester is haunted by the people killed by the famous firearm. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Mirren says her latest film “Winchester ” isn’t really a horror film, but rather a ghost story with a very distinct American element.

The 72-year-old Oscar winner plays Sarah Winchester, a heiress who inherited a massive fortune from her husband’s invention of the Winchester repeating rifle after the Civil War. In the film, Winchester is haunted by the people killed by the famous firearm, which allowed for more rapid firing than previous rifles.

Mirren likened the film, which is in theaters Friday, to the type of ghost stories prevalent in numerous cultures.

Despite the source of her character’s demons, Mirren says she isn’t about to dictate how Americans treat their firearms. She says she is more concerned about how nations export weapons that are then used to kill children.