Artistic actioner tries to get 'rid of a greater violence,' Stallone sez

HOLLYWOOD — Though it’s probably just as well the recent Senate Commerce Committee hearings were held before “Get Carter” premiered (a few choice clips of Sylvester Stallone vigorously whacking heads is all the industry needs), the star downplayed the film’s many thumpings and called his pic: “My arthouse action movie.”

“This is my compromise of what I consider an artistic action film,” Stallone said. “This is a blend of drama and action where it isn’t too top-heavy on either one. Having random violent action just for violence’s sake, I think that’s what has Washington a little crazy. This is violence, but it’s perpetuated toward an end of getting rid of a greater violence.”

For his part, producer Mark Canton said, “Carter” takes “a classic and contemporizes it. You keep the themes of revenge and redemption and bring a new sense of style.” And as for director Stephen Kay, his view was, “When they hired me, I had just made an indie arthouse film about a poet. You weren’t going to get a straight action movie no matter what happens.”

Among those at the Bruin Theater preem Wednesday were Warner’s Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Ball and Dan Fellman; Franchise’s Elie Samaha; producer Neil Canton; stars Rachael Leigh Cook and Mickey Rourke; plus guests Mike Medavoy, Joel Silver, Jack Nicholson, Lou Pitt, Billy Rose, Nancy Davis, Brad Grey and Raquel Welch.

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