'It is very, very difficult for any piece of art to change people's opinions,' Mr. Butler said when asked what he is always asked these days, which is whether he is out to influence the election. 'Did `Bowling for Columbine' change anyone's view on gun control?' Then he acknowledged that 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' and 'The China Syndrome' did sway public opinion. Then he pointed out that in the wake of his own 'Pumping Iron' film, 100,000 gyms opened across the country.
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