'I'm shutting your butt down,' the 'Django Unchained' helmer fires back at a Channel 4 interviewer who presses him with questions about the impact of violence in films to real life.
Quentin Tarantino is totally sickened of being repeatedly asked about violence in his movies. When promoting his latest creation "Django Unchained" on Channel 4 recently, the "Pulp Fiction" director had a heated interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy as the journalist asked the filmmaker's opinion about violence in film.
The "Inglourious Basterds" director visibly felt uncomfortable when Guru-Murthy asked him why he enjoyed making violent films and related it to people who committed brutal actions in real life. "Don't ask me a question like that. I'm not biting. I refuse your question," the helmer scolded his interviewer. When asked "Why?", he fired back, "Becasue I refuse your question. I'm not your slave and you're not my master. Don't make me dance to your tune. I'm not a monkey."
The interview went more intense as Guru-Murthy insisted and tried to press Tarantino to answer his question. Looking a bit angry, the "Kill Bill" filmmaker fired back, "Yeah, well, it's a movie, it's a fantasy, it's not real life." He insisted, "I don't want to talk about the implications of violence. The reason I don't want to talk about it is because I've said everything I have to say about it."
"If anyone cares what I have to say about it they can Google me," he added. "And they can look for 20 years what I have to say about it. I haven't changed my opinion one iota." When the interviewer stressed that it was his job to explore the director's opinion, Tarantino attacked with a cackle, "And I am shutting your butt down."
In a following interview with The Telegraph, Guru-Murthy admitted he was shocked by Tarantino's reaction. "I was surprised about his reaction to the questions," he said, "which were very gentle. I love a lot of his work - I wasn't looking for a fight."
That was not the first time Tarantino expressed his dislikes when asked about movie violence and its impact on some shooting tragedy in the United States. During a recent interview with NPR's Fresh Air, he claimed that he's "annoyed" by people who blamed violent films for the school shooting in Newtown, calling them "disrespectful."
He once also admitted that he's tired of defending his movie every time there's a shooting tragedy in the States. "Tragedies happen," he claimed, insisting that the ones who should be blamed were those guilty of the crimes.
"Django Unchained", which opened Stateside last Christmas Day, is poised to be the highest-grossing Tarantino movie so far. It also nabbed five Oscar nominations yesterday, including the top Best Picture nod.