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James Purefoy on 'The Following' violence: 'Concerns are preposterous'

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James Purefoy has argued that concerns about violence in his show The Following are "preposterous".

The English actor plays serial killer Joe Carroll on the Fox drama, which has attracted some criticism for airing violent scenes on network television.

The Following S01E03: 'The Poet's Fire'

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James Purefoy with Kevin Bacon in The Following



"I'm surprised that in a society, in a culture that's been watching violence on film, television, and stage for two and a half thousand years, anyone brings it up anymore," Purefoy told Vulture. "The very idea - it's just preposterous, to tell you the truth."

The 48-year-old also insisted that "violence on television, film, or in video games has [no] effect whatsoever" on an audience.

"[Violence on TV] is a smokescreen, an excuse," Purefoy insisted. "The situation is much more complex than people watching violence in entertainment.

"These programmes are seen all over the world and it's only in [the United States] that these kind of things are happening with such alarming regularity."

The Following S01E02: 'Chapter Two'

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However, the actor did submit that airing on network television limits how much on-screen bloodshed The Following can incorporate.

"It's not cable, it's on network," he said. "You're not going to see a scalpel going in to somebody's eye, not on network. I think we cut away just before that."

The Following airs on Mondays on Fox and continues on Tuesday nights at 10pm on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

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