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Harvey Weinstein: 'I Won't Make Any More Movies Glamorizing Guns'

Friday, 17 Jan 2014 03:23 PM

By Melanie Batley

Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who announced this week he is making a movie that will make the National Rifle Association "wish they weren't alive," has now revealed that he will not make any more movies "glamorizing guns."

The news came as a surprise, given that many of Weinstein's past films include gun violence, such as box office hits "Pulp Fiction," "Django Unchained," "Kill Bill," and "Rambo." 

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In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan scheduled to be aired Friday night, Weinstein said of the gun issue, "As much as I want to ignore it, as much as I want to go on with my regular life, I just can't shake it this time."

In a tweet plugging the interview, Morgan quoted Weinstein's vow:



Weinstein said that while he doesn't oppose the use of guns for hunting, "the fact that a kid can get an AK-47" is evidence that the industry needs to be regulated, even though the NRA sees the issue differently.

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Weinstein also revealed that Meryl Street will star in the movie as a senator who "takes on the NRA."

Weinstein said he wanted to make sure people who are angry about the movie's message do not direct their anger at Meryl Streep, whom he said is just an actress attached to the project. "It's not her belief, and all the heat should come my way," he said.

Weinstein initially revealed the project during an interview on Wednesday on The Howard Stern Show. He said the purpose of the movie was to scare people away from firearms and have moviegoers leaving the cinema thinking "Gun stocks—I don't want to be involved in that stuff. It's going to be like crash and burn."

"I never want to have a gun," Weinstein told Stern. "I don't think we need guns in this country, and I hate it, and I think the NRA is a disaster area."

The announcement of the film has already sparked controversy, with gun rights activists accusing him of hypocrisy.

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