A British artist who called on the world’s most successful film-makers to destroy a real gun every time a fake one appears in their movies has had his idea embraced by Hollywood director Martin Scorsese.
The artist Carl McCrow has had his idea taken up by the 72-year-old Oscar winner's production Tomorrow, starring Stephen Fry. McCrow said Scorsese’s support for his Gun Neutral campaign was quite a coup.
“I’m really pleased,” he told The Independent. “If we can set this as a standard then who knows how many lives could be saved.
“The simple fact is that there are too many guns and they ruin people’s lives every day,” Mr McCrow said.
Martin Scorsese's best films
Martin Scorsese's best films
1/8 Goodfellas (1990)
Lorraine Bracco and Ray Liotta in a nightclub scene from US mob film Goodfellas
2/8 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort at one of many outrageous parties in Scorsese's Oscar-nominated black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street
3/8 The Aviator (2004)
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as director and aviator Howard Hughes in Scorsese drama The Aviator
4/8 Raging Bull (1980)
The original Raging Bull starred Robert DeNiro and was based on the life of Jake LaMotta
5/8 The Departed (2006)
Leonardo DiCaprio star and Matt Damon star as an undercover cop and police force mole in crime thriller The Departed
6/8 Taxi Driver (1976
An adolescent film, full of shock tactics and posturing on behalf of both director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader but it possesses extraordinary, miasmatic power
7/8 Gangs of New York (2002)
Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Jim Broadbent in critically-acclaimed crime drama Gangs of New York
8/8 Shutter Island (2010)
Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Scorsese's hit film adaptation of thriller Shutter Island
“These guns can keep working for up to 70 years. That’s a lot of people they can potentially kill in that time.”
Mr McCrow said he was not trying to remove guns from films.
He still enjoys a good war movie and the “guilty pleasure” of playing the Call of Duty computer game with his teenage daughter, he said.
Instead, he is hoping to emulate carbon-offsetting schemes in which people plant trees or invest in other environment projects to offset their carbon footprint. To do this, he is asking film producers to donate money to One Less Gun, his registered charity that helps to decommission weapons left behind in former war zones.
Members of the public can also make a £5 donation to the charity by texting 70007. They will receive a bullet with the serial number of the destroyed weapon on it.
McCrow’s call to disarm came after the launch last week of his new exhibition at London’s Oxo Tower, also entitled One Less Gun, which runs until 6 September.
It was shipped in from New York where he has a permanent residency at the city’s Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery. He said that the pop star Rhianna was among those who have purchased his works that have fetched thousands of pounds.Reuse content