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Hollywood Heavyweight Harvey Weinstein Wants The Industry To Talk About Violence

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Harvey Weinstein is no stranger to violence on film since he's produced all of Quentin Tarantino's movies, but after the tragic Dark Knight Rises shooting, the movie mogul is the first to admit it's time to talk about it.

While speaking with sources about a host of issues, Weinstein admitted that he wrestles with the use of violence in productions he is involved with, saying:

"It’s a question that I wrestle with all the time. I’ve been involved with violent movies, and then I’ve also said at a certain point, ‘I can’t take it anymore. Please cut it.’ You know, you’ve got to respect the filmmaker, and it’s a really tough issue. My heart goes out to those kids and those families."

With James Holmes referring to himself as the Joker, the producer of Django Unchained is starting to think about the ramifications of presenting so much violence to the American population. Whatever issue there may or may not be, Weinstein still thinks Hollywood should get together to talk about and said:

"I think, as filmmakers, we should sit down – the Marty Scorseses, the Quentin Tarantinos, and hopefully all of us who deal in violence in movies – and discuss our role in that."

Although he is not afraid to point a finger at himself, he's also a strong supporter of stricter gun control laws. Calling for political leaders to "put up or shut up" about the issue, Weinstein continued:

"If we don’t get gun-control laws in this country, we are full of beans. To have the National Rifle Association rule the United States of America is pathetic. And I agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg: it’s time to put up or shut up about gun control for both parties. Mitt Romney better outline where he stands, and people know that I’m a firm supporter of the president and I believe he’s got to do the same."

We're not sure who is really to blame for the horrific shooting other than the man who pulled the trigger, but we're glad to see that this Hollywood veteran isn't afraid to discuss the problem to think of solutions.

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12 comments to “Hollywood Heavyweight Harvey Weinstein Wants The Industry To Talk About Violence”

  1. 1

    Oh please. This asshole is saying this now because it's a hot button; it's trendy. I bet he cries all the way to the bank about movie violence. I'm not interested in this guy's hypocritical ramblings about the dangers of movie violence and how gun laws need to change. He should shut the fuck up and do the right thing for once by going to Chick-fil-A this Wednesday and show his support for a restaurant chain being bullied by hypocritical gays. Maybe your kind, Perez, can gas us and go there to protest, but you'll ignore the fact that the most of the world's oil is produced by nations that execute homosexuals because you're all hypocrites. Asshole.

  2. Thebigboot says – reply to this


    Ironic, given he originally bought Boondock Saints. I guess we need to stand up and demand the news shape up! God knows how much violence is shown and discussed on that. If they want to start playing this game, let's play it right.

  3. 3

    I thought people got over blaming movies/music/video games YEARS ago??? It's already been proven that those things don't cause people to kill people or commit violent acts. It's sickening that we live in a world where people actually think that various forms of entertainment have such control over people. That's a bunch of BS. Look at Japan, they make some of the most violent movies you'll find, yet have a very low murder rate. All throughout history people have killed others and even went on killing sprees, things like that happened before movies/tv ever existed. It also has nothing to do with gun control. Making it harder for people to get guns or even completely banning them still wouldn't stop mass killings from happening. It's very naive and might I say somewhat ignorant to think that either of these things are the problem.

  4. 4

    It's not a difficult issue: just use European film ratings: Europe doesn't care if you show a bare breast, US doesn't care if you cut one off.

  5. 5

    We could work day and night and not keep up with the violent acts Japan puts in their movies and mainstream Tv and they don't have our violence problem…..HMMMMMM??????

  6. 6

    These Hollywood swells decry gun ownership and violence yet I'm sure that many of them own guns, perhaps carry guns and certainly have the bodyguards who do. Hypocrites!!

  7. 7

    Wrestle some more Weinstein.

  8. shut up harvey says – reply to this


    This from morbidly obese fiucktard who made millions upon millions from ultra violent movies. Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill and Inglourious Bastards to name but 3 off a long long list of movies that the fat NY liberal Jew pumped out his diseased ass.

  9. 9

    So a dude with mental health issues and free access to firearms guns down a bunch of people in a movie theatre and folks want to blame the movies. Is this a joke! The ONLY two issues in this matter are 1) failure of those in close contact with James Holmes to pick up on his state of mind. 2) The fact that someone with his mindset has access to weapons. Those are the only two issues that are relevant.

  10. 10

    Yet he uses the casting couch to bed young Hollywood starlets.

  11. pig says – reply to this


    This guy is a sexist pig…a snake in the biz….I do think there should be less violence in movies though…but yea, he is a hypocrite….he is vile…repulsive man…

  12. FRANKENHOMO says – reply to this