‘Django Unchained’ Star Jamie Foxx Reacts to Connecticut School Shooting: Violence in Films Can Influence People

By: Peggy Truong / December 16, 2012

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Since Friday’s tragic massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, a wave of reaction has erupted from some of Tinseltown’s biggest names.

Over the weekend, Jamie Foxx made it clear at a presser for his new film Django Unchained that the potential influence violence in films could have cannot be ignored.

“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” he told The Associated Press.

“It does.”

Like most of the films on his resume, Quentin Tarantino’s Django is filled with all sorts of violent situations.

But according to The AP, the Kill Bill director said he is “tired” of defending his projects each time gun violence makes headlines.

Kerry Washington, who stars in Djangoas Foxx’s character’s wife, said the film should serve as an educational tool more than anything.

“I do think that it’s important when we have the opportunity to talk about violence and not just kind of have it as entertainment, but connect it to the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills. 

On Friday morning, 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and opened fire, killing 26 people (20 of them children) before taking his own life.

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