‘Hell on Wheels’ Producers Discuss Violence on Their Show in Wake of ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Tragedy (VIDEO)
It’s a tough time to be a Hollywood production that prides itself on violent programming.
Filmmakers like Harvey Weinstein — a longtime proprietor of violent movies — called last week for an open conversation among leading directors, including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, to limit unnecessary violence in Hollywood movies and TV, following July 20’s brutal killings at a Aurora, Colo. midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
One of TV’s notably violent shows — which is going into its second season — AMC’s Hell on Wheels — is a stylized, shoot-em-up Western that has received positive reviews for its intensity.
Gun fights, strangling and beheading have all found a place on the show.
What do the Hell on Wheels producers say about violence on their show?
Hell on Wheels celebrated its second season premiere — the show starts back on the air Aug. 12 — this week in Beverly Hills at the Paley Center for Media. Celebuzz caught up with the stars and creators.
The show’s executive producer John Shiban told us that the show acquits itself of excessive violence by showing the real world consequences of violence.
It is a necessary part of their story, he said.
“Violence is a part of this world. There is no glossing over it,” Shiban said at Monday’s party.
“I think there is some wisdom to [Weinstein's suggestion],” Shiban explained.
“We try to be very responsible not so much in depiction of violence. It was a violent time. We try to be true to it. But, in the price and the results and the toll it takes on the characters’ lives. If you can put that into your drama, it justifies the violence. And, the audience can learn from that.”
Another of Hell on Wheels producers’ explained the show’s philosophy.
“We have to be careful what we’re putting out there,” Jeremy Gold said.
“I’m a father and I’m always keenly aware to what messaging we’re sending out to children. With the recent tragic events … I think what we try to do on this show is be truthful [and] right.”