Connecticut school massacre divides Hollywood on movie violence
Movie violence can influence people, says actor Jamie Foxx
The Associated Press
Posted: Dec 15, 2012 10:10 PM ET
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2012 3:04 PM ET
Hollywood has responded to the rampage at a Connecticut elementary school by pulling back on its offerings, and one star says the entertainment industry should take some responsibility for such violence.
'We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films ... doesn't have a sort of influence. It does.'—Actor Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx, one of the industry's biggest stars, said Saturday as he promoted Quentin Tarantino's upcoming ultra-violent spaghetti Western-style film about slavery, Django Unchained, that actors can't ignore the fact that movie violence can influence people.
"We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn't have a sort of influence," Foxx said in an interview on Saturday. "It does."
In true Tarantino form, buckets of blood explode from characters as they are shot or shredded to pieces by rabid dogs in Django Unchained.
Blame crime perpetrators, says Tarantino
Despite Friday's mass shooting, the press junket for the movie, which opens in theaters Christmas Day, continued in New York as scheduled on Saturday.Django Unchained's director Quentin Tarantino has said blame should fall on those guilty of the crimes, following Friday's Newtown, Conn., massacre. (Andy Kropa/Invision/Associated Press)
Tarantino, whose credits include Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill volumes, said he was tired of defending his films each time the nation is shocked by gun violence. He said "tragedies happen" and blame should fall on those guilty of the crimes.
Foxx's co-star Kerry Washington said she believes the film's explicit brutality serves an important purpose in educating audiences about the atrocities of slavery.
"I do think that it's important when we have the opportunity to talk about violence and not just kind of have it as entertainment, but connect it to the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills," she said.
SNL's sombre opening; some films, shows postponed
TV's Saturday Night Live made a rare departure from its comedic opening to pay tribute to the children and adults killed at a Connecticut elementary school.
Not known for treating anything seriously or tenderly, the show made a fitting exception during the first moments of its show Saturday. Rather than the usual comedic sketch, a children's choir appeared on camera and angelically sang Silent Night, with the touching refrain, "Sleep in heavenly peace."
Then the members of the New York City Children's Chorus shouted out the NBC show's time-honoured introduction: "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"
In the film world, premieres for Tom Cruise's new action movie, Jack Reacher, in Pittsburgh and the family comedy Parental Guidance in Los Angeles were postponed.
Also, Fox pulled new episodes of Family Guy and American Dad that were to air Sunday to avoid potentially sensitive content. The originally scheduled episode of Family Guy had Peter telling his own version of the nativity story. The American Dad episode told the story of a demon that punished naughty children at Christmas. Both series plan to substitute reruns.
Fox also confirmed that a scheduled repeat of The Cleveland Show for Sunday was swapped for another rerun of that series out of the same concern.
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