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Purge: Election Year director says film is less crazy than actual election

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In action-horror threequel The Purge: Election Year (out July 1), we find Purge 2 survivor Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) guarding a presidential candidate (Elizabeth Mitchell), whose determination to end the annual night of sanctioned lawlessness puts her life in jeopardy. “It was illegal to kill elected officials,” says Grillo. “They actually erased that law so they can assassinate this woman.”

That’s crazy. But this is what we want to know: Is writer-director James DeMonaco’s film more insane than 2016’s real-life presidential race?

“Do I think it’s crazier?” laughs DeMonaco, when EW puts the question to him. “No. No, no. I don’t think anything is ever as crazy as real life, actually. Listen, I always say The Purge is this B-movie conceit [but] I take it all the way. And it’s one night of madness. What’s amazing with the election to me is, it’s consistent, it’s months of madness now. It’s continuing, every night there’s more insanity. So, I think real life is a little bit crazier than The Purge.”

You can see the trailer for The Purge: Election Year, below.

 

A version of this story originally appeared in Entertainment Weekly issue #1411-1412, on newsstands now or available here.

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