Quentin Tarantino vs. journalist on movie violence
Note to interviewers: Quentin Tarantino is really, really sick of your questions about the violence in his movies. So sick, in fact, that the Django Unchained director flat-out refused to answer when British TV newsman Krishnan Guru-Murthy recently asked him why he’s so sure that there’s no link between people who enjoy watching violent movies and people who enjoy committing violent acts in real life.
“Don’t ask me a question like that. I’m not biting. I refuse your question,” Tarantino shot back. Why? “Because I refuse your question,” he continued. “I’m not your slave and you’re not my master. Don’t make me dance to your tune. I’m not a monkey.”
That’s right: The guy who made a movie about the horrific experiences of American slavery just compared himself to a slave and his interviewer to an imperious plantation owner. Eeesh.
Things only got more uncomfortable from that moment on, as Guru-Murthy spent four minutes trying to press Tarantino and Tarantino kept dodging his attempts. The director’s main point — “I’ve said all I have to say on the subject… I have explained this many times in the last 20 years” — made sense; after all, as he pointed out earlier in the interview, nobody asks Judd Apatow why he makes comedies.
Still, Tarantino probably could have gotten that across without saying things like, “It’s none of your damn business what I think about that!” And his secondary point — that this interview is “a commercial for the movie,” so he didn’t want to discuss anything unsavory — doesn’t hold as much water. If a director is trying to sell a film this graphic, shouldn’t he have to deal with the implications of its more explicit scenes?
Skip to the 2:40 mark for the beginning of the violence conversation — and grab a tub of popcorn before the sparks start flying: