Beth Pinsker
October 08, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

EASING THE PAIN Tim Roth has put down his guns. The star of Reservoir Dogs and other blood-drenched flicks makes his directorial debut with the dark incest drama The War Zone (which new indie Lot 47 will distribute in December), but he’ll be thinking twice about accepting future roles in violent fare. The impetus for change: his three school-age sons. ”I’ve had enough,” the L.A.-based Roth, 38, says, holding up a newspaper with the recent Texas church shooting on the cover. ”If I am to blame for some of this stuff, I have to be much more careful from now on.” His next starring vehicle suggests his new direction; it’s the sweet historical drama The Legend of 1900, due later this month. — Beth Pinsker

MUMFORD’S THE WORD Although he’s a supporter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a Scientology-run group that claims the ”influence of psychiatry or psychology” ruined the lives of such stars as Marilyn Monroe and Kurt Cobain, actor Jason Lee sees no irony in his playing a therapy-seeking billionaire in Mumford. ”It’s become really hip to see a therapist, and everybody’s on Prozac,” complains Lee. But, he adds, the movie ”is not promoting psychology…. It’s about people trying to find what they don’t have through someone who listens very well.” Okay, so would he ever play a psychiatrist on film? ”An evil one.” — Anna Holmes

WINFREY’S CHILL Don’t look for Oprah to return to the multiplex anytime soon — well, maybe to watch a movie. But after the critical and commercial failure of last year’s Beloved, the Queen of Most Media now says she has no plans to act in the foreseeable future. ”I don’t feel I need to be on the big screen to have my voice heard or to make a message more distinctive,” she says. ”I said all I really wanted to say with Beloved.” Instead, Winfrey says she’s satisfied producing.

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