Watch: Catherine Zeta-Jones Says We All Have to Take Responsibility for Violence in the Media

By: / February 1, 2013

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Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara get a prescription for danger.
In the new film Side Effects, director Steven Soderbergh tackles a tough question with no easy answer: after a young woman commits murder while on antidepressants, the authorities struggle to determine who’s responsible for the crime – the perpetrator, the medicine she took, or the man who prescribed it?

But the film echoes another conversation that is currently raging in our culture – how influential is media violence in inspiring the real thing?

When asked about this roiling debate, co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones tells Celebuzz that ultimately, the challenge is for all of us as a society to be more careful about the way the media, and other external forces, affect the people who are most susceptible to them – namely, children.

“I think we all have to take a little bit more responsibility of what is put out there,” Zeta-Jones says. “And the consequences of what happens if it’s perceived wrong or taken for ‘complete reality’.”

That said, the actress suggests that Hollywood has become a convenient scapegoat, even though she insists that it’s vital for popular entertainment to explore serious real-life issues.

“A lot of people wag their finger at Hollywood because there’s no other answers to the question,” she says. “[But] I think it’s interesting to deal with real subjects, real crises, what happens in our culture today on film. I mean, it’s absolutely necessary.”

What do you think – does violence in the media inspire it in real life? And who should take responsibility for making sure that it does not influence people in the wrong way? Take a look at the trailer for Side Effects below, and let us know your thoughts about this hot-button topic in the comments section.

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