In the wake of the Aurora shootings, there's a conversation emerging over the amount of violence in the movie industry, and the industry's newest pacifist is also one of its most unlikely: Harvey Weinstein.
Harvey Weinstein, of all people, wants Hollywood to review the amount of violence that makes its way into movies. He called for an A-list sit down to talk about how violence in movies is portrayed in an interview with the Huffington Post. "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," he said.
He also said he supports gun-control laws and called for both parties to outline where they stand on the issue. "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," Weinstein said. He's hosting a fundraiser for the President with Anna Wintour in August, but he also said he doesn't always agree with him. "I don’t have to agree with everything a candidate does to support him," he said.
The suggestion may seem a little ludicrous coming from Harvey Weinstein. He and his brother have financed some seriously violent fare, including all of Quentin Tarantino's movies, all of the Scream movies, and all of the Halloween movies since Resurrection. His heart isn't all black, though. He said he's wrestled with some of the more violent scenes presented to him, and hasn't been afraid to yell "Cut!" "It's a question that I wrestle with all the time. I've been involved with violent movies, and then I've 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," Weinstein said. In a similar vein, Warner Bros. announced they were going to reshoot parts of Gangster Squad to edit out a prominent scene where gunmen open fire on a movie theater.
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