'Django' cast on the movie violence debate
Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx weigh in on gun control debate
Friday's nightmarish shooting has left some in Hollywood examining the relationship between the violence we see in the real world and the violence seen in movies and on TV.
The cast members of "Django Unchained," an upcoming Quentin Tarantino project about a "slave-turned-bounty-hunter" and his mission to save his wife from a cruel slave-master, come down on all sides of the debate.
Christoph Waltz, who portrays Django's bounty hunter mentor, Dr. King Schultz, told CNN in a recent interview that he doesn't "entirely disagree" with the argument that blames violence in entertainment for real-life horrors.
"But I find it interesting to look at who says it," Waltz went on. "And interestingly enough, it's mostly the media who says it. Meaning the media get[s] out of their responsibility again. Because we're talking about fiction. And it is unmistakably fiction. And to claim that you confuse it with reality is somewhat far-fetched."
Waltz clarified that he's not saying Hollywood depictions of violence don't have an influence, it's just that he's more concerned with how violence is portrayed.
"What I consider the really significant and dangerous aspect is the sensationalization of it," he went on. "And movies don't sensationalize, they just tell. Who is it who sensationalizes it? It's the media. So we have to keep these a little bit apart, and look at them separately, and not just meddle everything up and point fingers at the opposite side. I find that very important. And I would also consider gun control indispensable. Rigorous gun control! Because a gun that you can't have, you don't use."
But to Waltz's co-star Jamie Foxx, the issue isn't one of only gun control, but also outreach.
"Here's the thing - even if you get rid of all of the guns, I think that symptom will still be there," Foxx told CNN. "So it will be a knife, it will be something, it will be their bare hands - but we have to, one, get the guns off the street ... [a]nd then address the problem of the person, how do we reach out to that person, how do we make that person feel like, you don't have to do this."
Filmmaker Tarantino, on the other hand, doesn't buy the theory that on-screen violence is to blame for what happens in the real world.
"This has gone back all the way down to Shakespeare's days - alright, when there's violence in the street, the cry becomes 'blame the playmaker.' And you know, I actually think that's a very facile argument to pin on something that's a real life tragedy."
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