How does Hollywood view violence in film?

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On tonight’s  Which Way, LA?  Warren will talk to L.A. Times movie critic Kenneth Turan and TheWrap‘s Sharon Waxman about whether Hollywood has the responsibility to talk about the possible impact violence in film.

Back in December 2010, The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper joined Kim Masters on KCRW’s  The Business to talk about how the industry views violence in determining film ratings. Hooper said, for him, violence can often serve as an unwanted intrusion on his imagination.

I still, as a 38-year-old director, can be hugely disturbed by violence in films and they can become unwanted, uninvited, imaginative guests colonizing part of my imagination in a way that I am uneasy about.

He also shares an example of how an image of violence in Peter Weir’s Witness forever affected the way he views a certain situation.

Here’s more from Hooper: