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.
Jamie Foxx, one of the industry's biggest stars, said as he promoted Quentin Tarantino's upcoming ultra-violent spaghetti Western-style film about slavery, Django Unchained, that actors cannot 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," Jamie said in an interview. "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.
Tarantino, whose credits include Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill volumes, said he was tired of defending his films each time the US is shocked by gun violence. He said "tragedies happen" and blame should fall on those guilty of the crimes.
Jamie'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.
In the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre on Friday, a gunman killed his mother and then went to an elementary school, where he killed six adults and 20 children before committing suicide.