Harvey Weinstein tells the Huffington Post that Hollywood “can’t shirk our responsibility” for depicting violence. During yet another personal publicity push for one of his movies (French import The Intouchables), Weinstein acknowledged, “It’s a question that I wrestle with all the time. I’ve been involved with violent movies,” said the studio head who has produced all of director Quentin Tarantino’s blood-spattered films, including the upcoming slave-era revenge fantasy Django Unchained, “and then I’ve also said at a certain point, ‘I can’t take it anymore. Please cut it.’ You know, you’ve got to respect the filmmaker, and it’s a really tough issue.” Weinstein also said, “I think, as filmmakers, we should sit down – the Marty Scorseses, the Quentin Tarantinos, and hopefully all of us who deal in violence in movies – and discuss our role in that.” As a successful screenwriter pal of mine emailed about Harvey’s ‘summit’ call: “Wonderful. It’s going to take place at the corner of Hubris St. and Hypocrisy Blvd, in the city of Sanctimony, right near the Self-Righteous Cineplex.”
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