'Dark Knight Rises' Massacre Prompts Harvey Weinstein to Call for Filmmakers Summit About Movie Violence
In the wake of the movie theater mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, film mogul Harvey Weinstein is calling on politicians and filmmakers alike to take action.
The Oscar-winning producer, who's an avid Obama supporter, believes the real culprit behind the July 20 massacre is the lack of government gun control.
"If we don’t get gun-control laws in this country, we are full of beans," Weinstein told The Huffington Post. "To have the National Rifle Association rule the United States of America is pathetic."
Now Weinstein wants elected officials take a stand.
"I agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg: it’s time to put up or shut up about gun control for both parties," he said. "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."
But Weinstein — the man behind some of the bloodiest films to ever hit the big screen — admits he worries about the consequences of his carnage-filled films.
"It's a question that I wrestle with all the time," said Weinstein, who's produced Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2, Inglourious Basterds and Reservoir Dogs. "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."
"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.
Weinstein shouldn't wait around for political action. The White House revealed Thursday that the President — for whom Weinstein is hosting a fundraiser in August — will not be calling for stricter firearms laws.
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