Harvey Weinstein Says He’ll Choose Less Violent Projects

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After he disclosed plans to produce a new movie starring Meryl Streep that takes on the National Rifle Assn.’s polical influence, Harvey Weinstein tells CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” on Friday that he will start choosing movies that “aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be.”

After his announcement that he would make an anti-NRA project on Howard Stern’s radio show earlier this week, gun rights advocates pounced, with Ted Nugent labelling Weinstein a “sub-human punk” and others seeing hypocrisy in his call for stronger gun control and at the same time producing movies like “Django Unchained” and “Pulp Fiction” that are heavy in gun violence.

After Morgan asked Weinstein about when he would stop movies that don’t glamorize guns, he said, “Well, I think they have a point. You have to look in the mirror too. I have to choose films that aren’t violent or aren’t as violent as they used to be.”

He added, “For me personally I can’t continue to that. The change starts here….For me I can’t make one movie, and say ‘This is what I want for my kids and just go out and be a hypocrite. I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here.”

Weinstein made a distinction between a movie like “Lone Survivor,” about the U.S. special forces, which he said he would make, and “some crazy action movie, just for the sake of blowing up people.”

He also acknowledged the pushback he’s received, but “all the heat should come my way” rather than at Meryl Streep, who is playing a role and is not the writer or director. The project is called “The Senator’s Wife,” a spokeswoman for the Weinstein Co. said.

But Weinstein said that he’s willing to take the heat because the issue can’t be ignored. “As much as I want to ignore it, as much as I want to go on with my regular life, I can’t do it this time,” he said.

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  1. Tim says:

    Jews should be the very LAST people on earth to advocate gun control. You’d think we would have learned something from history.

  2. B says:

    Have to take Harvey’s side on this one. 1) This is a stand against bullies who want to sell more guns. 2) There is no correlation between screen violence and street violence.

  3. Oma Snyder says:

    I LOVE Meryl Streep so I hope she turns down this movie. Until there is a way of removing ALL guns from people that misuse them, I will keep mine. (73 year old great-grandmother)

  4. Phocus says:

    Hard to imagine a more boring individual. Good thing the man has money and can buy attention.

  5. Greg says:

    He’s like a ninety-year-old crackhead who says they’re going to change their life for the better, a little too late

  6. James Dutton says:

    “Pulp Fiction.” “Django Unchained.” “Gangs of New York.” “Kill Bill.” “Inglourious Basterds.” Hypocrite?

  7. “This is what I want for my kids and just go out and be a hypocrite. I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here.”

    At least Weinstein’s admitting he’s a hypocrite, he’s been promoting violence and gun use for years, Harvey claims he’s never owned a gun and America should allow guns, yet he’s hired armed security to protect ‘his’ interests, yet wants to deny other Americans the right to protect ‘theirs’.

    Maybe in the next interview they can ask Harvey if he’s going to stop supporting armed civilians carrying weapons on his property, or at least understand why others would like to have the same rights he’s exercising.

  8. johntshea says:

    No more crazy action movies blowing people up? Aw! Come on, Harvey! I LOVED those movies. Just one more, for old time’s sake. And maybe a sequel. Or a trilogy…

  9. CACorey says:

    Quentin Tarantino’s reportedly working on another western. Sorry, Harvey, I don’t believe you.

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