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Tarantino’s Producer Says It’s Time to Cut Back on Movie Violence

posted by Nell Minow

Producer Harvey Weinstein, producer of some of Quentin Tarantino’s ultra-violent films like “Django Unchained,” told Piers Morgan he is not going to make movies like that anymore.

“You have to look in the mirror, too. I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be. I know for me personally, you know, I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already. For me, I can’t do it. I can’t make one movie and say this is what I want for my kids and then just go out and be a hypocrite.” He added that he would make a movie like Lone Survivor, “a tribute to the United States special forces,” but “I’m not going to make some crazy action movie just to blow up people and exploit people just for the sake of making it.”

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In addition, he is producing an anti-NRA film called “The Senator’s Wife,” starring Meryl Streep.  He is also getting ready to film a project he has wanted to do for many years, “Mila 18,” based on the Leon Uris book about the Warsaw uprising, the Jews who took up arms against the Nazis.

I do not think there will be any fewer “crazy action movies” or any less violence on screen.  But it is good to hear someone in Hollywood think seriously about the value of the films they produce.

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