Harvey Weinstein: I'm Done Making Violent Movies (Video)

4:28 PM PST 01/17/2014 by Aaron Couch

The prolific producer –- who is planning a project critical of the NRA -- tells Piers Morgan he no longer wants to make movies with heavy gun violence: "I can't continue to do that. The change starts here."

Harvey Weinstein says he is no longer interested in making films that could be perceived as glamorizing gun violence.

In an interview airing Friday on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, the producer behind violent films such as Django Unchained and Reservoir Dogs responded to critics from the right accusing him of being a hypocrite after he announced he was planning a film critical of the National Rifle Association.

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"Well, I think they have a point. You have to look in the mirror, too," said Weinstein. "I have to just choose movies that aren't violent or as violent as they used to be. And I know for me, personally, I can't continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already."

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He added that this didn't mean he would rule out producing films with violence. He cited Peter Berg's Navy SEAL drama Lone Survivor, which features gun battles and death, as the type of violent film he would produce in "a second."

"It's a tribute to the United States special forces … that's one thing," he said. "I'm not going to make some crazy action movie just to blow up people and exploit people." 

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