Harvey Weinstein Lies About Not Making Any More Violent Movies

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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In the Piers Morgan interview, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein said, “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.”

If the change has started, it’s hard to tell.

Weinstein’s future slate includes Kill Bill 3, Halloween 3 and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. All these are notoriously ultraviolent movies.

Harvey Weinstein did leave himself plenty of wriggle room when he said, “I’m not going to make some crazy action movie just to blow up people and exploit people just for the sake of making it.”

That’s the familiar artistic merit clause which will allow him to go on being in business with Quentin Tarantino. Though he might have trouble arguing that Kill Bill 3 isn’t just some crazy action movie.

But the three movies named “Kill Bill 3, Halloween 3 and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” tell the rest of the story. The Weinsteins are dependent on milking existing properties with endless sequels to help finance their more prestigious work. It’s a familiar model in Hollywood and the Weinsteins are throwbacks to an older Hollywood period.

The reason why Harvey Weinstein is lying about not making more violent movies can be expressed in one word: Dimension. After the Weinsteins sold Miramax and Harvey Weinstein made a comeback with the Weinstein Company, Dimension’s lower grade properties pay the bills.

Dimension is responsible for a lot of horror movies, horror movie parodies and assorted junk. Much of what it puts out is violent and ultra-violent. And whether or not Harvey Weinstein’s name is on the label, it’s his company and it’s not about to change any time soon.

Properties like Halloween or Kill Bill are reliable pay days when Harvey’s latest imported European Oscar-bait or hot-button issue movie may not be. Harvey Weinstein will make the Senator’s Wife, but he’ll also make the latest Tarantino and the latest slasher movie because it’s all about the money.

And this is what happens when Harvey runs out of money…

By the summer of 2008 the Weinsteins had gobbled up almost $450 million of their $500 million credit line. The resulting interest payments, $40 million a year, actually surpassed their total overhead. Today, Harvey shakes his head at the memory. “Bob and I had never done debt,” he says. “The investment bankers would say to us, ‘Debt is cheap money.’ No, it’s not. Debt can be the most addictive thing in the universe, and it can kill you. You get used to living high off the hog. It was intoxicating. And so in 2008, I just woke up and said, ‘This is crazy.’ ”

Violence pays the bills.

  • DrLarry

    Harvey Weinstein is not only a liar, but the worst kind of hypocrite. He became wealthy by making the most disgustingly violent films that Hollywood has ever put out. If he thinks that we are a violent, gun-glorifying society he need only look in the mirror to see is one of the major contributors.

    • laura r

      is pro gun control as well. keep them for the movies.

  • Softly Bob

    I hope that whatever film he makes is a complete flop and a loss.

    • Elizabeth capecod

      I bet it won’t do well, but watch it be nominated for an academy award.

    • Katy Smith

      Hollyweird is run by Jew pedophile child rapist.

  • Tim N

    But he’s going to make a movie attacking the NRA. That should show some real earnestness and buy him about twelve violent movies worth of absolution. See- even if he makes movie after movie with people being beheaded, machine gunned, chopped up, and women murdered he’s really committed to nonviolence.

  • Elizabeth capecod

    Even if he was serious about not making more violent movies, it would be a typical liberal move to complain about a mess he helped create and then take credit for the fix.

  • AbsolutelyRight

    So this corpulent flabby-necked pornographer of ultra-violence dares to lecture moral Americans between bites of pork fried rice about their “guns.” What a elitist fascist progressive putz. Screw him and his so called “films.”

  • Katy Smith

    We are seeking any children and their parents who may have had contact with Harvey Weinstein. They have uncovered a child molestation ring run by Hollywood movie moguls. If your child has come in contact with Harvey Weinstein please talk to them about possible inappropriate touching or sexual contact. If your child shows sings of sexual abuse please contact your local authorities.

  • Guest

    Hollyweird is run by Jew pedofiile child rapist.