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In advance of the upcoming 86th Academy Awards, this evening Piers Morgan welcomes legendary studio head and film mogul Harvey Weinstein for a face to face interview that touches upon everything from the NRA to the Catholic Church.
Always outspoken, and known for making movies with a larger social purpose, Weinstein recently spoke with radio icon Howard Stern, revealing plans to produce a forthcoming film that takes on the gun lobby. Referring to the NRA as a "disaster area," Weinsten told Stern that "they're going to wish they weren't alive after I'm done with them."
Joining "Piers Morgan Live" this evening, the 61-year-old Hollywood heavyweight explains why he's so passionate about curbing gun violence and limiting firearms in the United States:
“As much as I want to ignore it, as much as I want to go on with my regular life, I can’t do it this time,” says Weinstein, referencing recurring school shootings and mass tragedies.
The man behind such blockbusters as "Gangs of New York," "Shakespeare in Love," and "Pulp Fiction," Friday's guest lives twenty minutes from Newtown, Conn., and says the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was essentially committed right in his backyard. It's this personal connection that has spurred him to make a film which casts legendary actress Meryl Streep as an NRA-challenging Senator. However, already fielding monster criticism for his position, Weinstein is careful to clarify that the anti-gun sentiment is his own, and does not reflect any position of his cast:
"Meryl Streep's an actress. I want to make that clear right away. She's working as someone that's playing a part," he iterates to Morgan. "It's not her belief and all the heat should come my way, and I'm kind of used to the heat anyhow."
Watch the clip for more of Weinstein's commentary on the NRA, and for the full interview, which details the success of his some of his Oscar-nominated films including August: Osage County and Philomena, tune to CNN at 9p.
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