Altman: Violent action pix are training for terrorists

'Maybe there's a chance to get back to ... grown-up films,' helmer sez

Afghanistan may have been the breeding ground for last month’s terrorist attacks, but Hollywood served as a source of inspiration, says director Robert Altman.

“The movies set the pattern, and these people have copied the movies,” Altman told the Associated Press Tuesday from London, where he’s finishing his film “Gosford Park.” “Nobody would have thought to commit an atrocity like that unless they’d seen it in a movie.”

Violent action movies with huge explosions amount to training films for such bold attacks as studios spend a lot of time and money trying to appeal to young males, the 76-year-old filmmaker said.

“How dare we continue to show this kind of mass destruction in movies,” said Altman, whose directing credits include “MASH,” “Nashville” and “Dr. T & the Women.” “I just believe we created this atmosphere and taught them how to do it.”

Altman hopes audiences will lean more toward thoughtful, character-driven films after witnessing the horror of last month’s attacks on television.

“Maybe there’s a chance to get back to … grown-up films — anything that uses humor and dramatic values to deal with human emotions and gets down to what people are …,” Altman said.

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