After the Aurora incident, in which 12 people were killed and dozens of others were injured, Warner Bros. cancelled appearances by the cast and filmmakers of The Dark Knight Rises around the globe. Now, in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., both Django Unchained and Jack Reacher have cancelled upcoming events.
Tonight was suppose to be the Django Unchained Hollywood premiere. Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington were suppose to walk the red carpet and bask in the glory of their Quentin Tarantino flick. But the Weinstein Co., out of respect for the innocent children and adults who were murdered in Newtown Connecticut last week, decided to take a step back.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT, and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event,” a spokesperson for the Weinstein Co. said in a statement.
Although the film had nothing to do with the shootings, (though some people will likely say that it contributes to real-life violence simply by being a violent film), a cancelled premiere is a small price to pay.
Also, the Film Society of Lincoln Center decided to postpone, indefinitely, a screening of Jack Reacher, an event that was also suppose to be a tribute to its star Tom Cruise. Paramount Pictures also cancelled the film’s premiere in Pittsburg, which was suppose to happen last Saturday.
What do you think of the event cancellations?