Harvey Weinstein Says He's Done Making Violent Movies – Or at Least, Not as Violent

Harvey Weinstein Says He's Done Making Violent Movies – Or at Least, Not as Violent

The studio chief tells CNN's Piers Morgan that he's aware of hypocrisy argument with his violent film credit history and plan to make new anti-gun movie

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein says he's done making violent movies.

The head of The Weinstein Company said on CNN's “Piers Morgan Live” Friday that coinciding with his plan to make a movie condemning gun violence, he will scale down his company's production and distribution of films depicting grossly violence just for the sake of being violent.

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“I have to just choose movies, I mean, that aren't violent — or as violent as they used to be,” Weinstein said.

Weinstein made the comments in response to conservative groups in particular, that are accusing the producer of hypocrisy over Thursday's announcement that he would make a movie with Meryl Streep that would take down the National Rifle Association.

“I think the NRA is a disaster area. I shouldn't say this, but I'll tell it to you, Howard,” Weinstein said during Howard Stern's radio show. “I'm going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we're going to take this head-on,” Weinstein told Stern on Wednesday. “And they're going to wish they weren't alive after I'm done with them.”

Weinstein can count among his credits such bloody films as the “Kill Bill” and “Scream” franchises and the Quentin Tarantino blood-fest, “Pulp Fiction.”

“I think they have a point,” Weinstein said of his critics. “I have — you have to look in the mirror too.”

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Morgan pointed out that there is a lot of money at stake. Audiences are still drawn to these sorts of violent films, as evidenced by their success.

“I know,” Weinstein said. “But for me, I can't do it [anymore]. I can't make one movie, and say this is what I want for my kids, and then just go out and be a hypocrite.”

“The change starts here.”

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But Weinstein said that he's not giving up wholesale on movies with gun violence in them. He cited Peter Berg‘s “Lone Survivor,” which portrays the real-life story of American soldier Marcus Luttrell, as one he'd “make in a heartbeat,” even though there are plenty of action scenes and people get killed.

“I'm not gonna make some crazy, you know, action movie … just to blow up people and exploit people.”

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  • Michael Lang

    So exactly how will the moron handle QT's THE HATEFUL EIGHT? I see frantic backtracking in the moron's future.

  • chien_clean

    ah hahahahaha Reminds me of Steve Martin in Grand Canyon.

  • davedi85

    The “NRA”.? Allow me to remind you old Harv that the NRA isn't some death squad single entity. It's millions of law abiding Americans who couldn't give a rats how many movies you make. If liberals would ever practice what they preach, they would keep there pie hole shut about there hatred of firearms.. All this serves to do is sell more guns.

  • bob ruppert

    He should be looking at his bank account, not the mirror. I looked online and couldn't find anything where he had donated to any causes relating to curbing violence of any kind, but I did see some for Democrats.

  • Gman

    I'm beginning to get Harvey's deal. He will now censor what the Americans can watch. Then Again I do believe Harvey couldn't find his own A– with a map glued to his forehead… Just remember the American people are the ones who decides who, what, when, where, and how they will watch movies or anything else for that matter.

  • FilmSaavy

    The hypocritical arrogance and naïveté of this man is so indicative of the extreme Left agenda-driven idiots running Hollywood.

    • legin buddha

      I agree with you but you seem to imagine the extreme Right's agenda and behavior is even an iota more honorable than the Left's. It is the You somehow miss that it's the “idiots running Hollywood” which produces the violent movies Mr. Weinstein loves to hate. Too much hyperbole and misrepresentation trumpeted by both sides, FilmSaavy.

      • Charlie

        who said anything about the extreme right. Owning a gun is everyone's right and one a Jew should never forget – remember “never again”

  • legin buddha

    Turning people off to violence in films seems to be inversely equal to turning people on to opera (which is having problems in the market place.) While I am no fan of the NRA, I fear Mr.Weinstein is pissing into the wind. Communism is dead and Socialism is on the wane, not dying, but on the wane. Capitalism, democratic or otherwise, won the Cold War. This is about money and human nature, which appears to be very competitive, and not necessarily exemplary. It is not Weinstein's purpose that bothers me, it is his Quixotic optimism in terms of his intended effect.

  • Charlie

    Now I know how the Jews ended up being disarmed – what a real idiot. Anyone who knows this guy knows what a pig he really is.