Quentin Tarantino Slams 'True Detective', Says Jennifer Lawrence Could've Starred in 'Hateful Eight'

The 'Hateful Eight' director says he tried to watch the first episode of season 1, but he found it 'boring' and says the second season of the HBO anthology series 'looks awful.'

AceShowbiz - Quentin Tarantino has weighed in on "True Detective", but his brief review of the show perhaps isn't one that HBO wants to read. In an interview with Vulture, the "Pulp Fiction" helmer said he "tried to watch the first episode of season one," but he "didn't get into it at all."

"I thought it was really boring," he went on slamming the crime anthology series created by Nic Pizzolatto, "And season two looks awful. Just the trailer - all these handsome actors trying to not be handsome and walking around looking like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. It's so serious, and they're so tortured, trying to look miserable with their mustaches and grungy clothes."

On the other hand, Tarantino had nothing but praise for Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" which also aired on the cable channel. He revealed, "The HBO show I loved was Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'. That was the only show that I literally watched three times. I would watch it at seven o'clock on Sunday, when the new one would come on. Then after it was over, I'd watch it all over again. Then I would usually end up watching it once during the week, just so I could listen to the dialogue one more time."

When told that "The Newsroom" wasn't really loved by TV critics, Tarantino said, "Who the f**k reads TV reviews? Jesus f***ing Christ. TV critics review the pilot. Pilots of shows suck. Why would it be surprising that I like the best dialogue writer in the business?"

The 52-year-old filmmaker also had some harsh words from some festival movies, particularly those which starred Cate Blanchett. "The movies that used to be treated as independent movies, like the Sundance movies of the '90s - those are the movies that are up for Oscars now. Stuff like 'The Kids Are All Right' and 'The Fighter'. They're the mid-budget movies now, they just have bigger stars and bigger budgets. They're good, but I don't know if they have the staying power that some of the movies of the '90s and the '70s did," he said of the evolution of Oscar-nominated movies.

"I don't know if we're going to be talking about 'The Town' or 'The Kids Are All Right' or 'An Education' 20 or 30 years from now. 'Notes on a Scandal' is another one. 'Philomena'. Half of these Cate Blanchett movies - they're all just like these arty things. I'm not saying they're bad movies, but I don't think most of them have a shelf life. But 'The Fighter' or 'American Hustle' - those will be watched in 30 years."

When talking about his upcoming movie "The Hateful Eight", he explained how it's different from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" which also used the Civil War as a backdrop. " 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' doesn't get into the racial conflicts of the Civil War; it's just a thing that's happening. My movie is about the country being torn apart by it, and the racial aftermath, six, seven, eight, ten years later," so he claimed.

Saying that he's a big fan of Jennifer Lawrence, Tarantino said he "could have seen Jennifer Lawrence doing a good job with" the heroine in the film, but he thought that "Daisy should be a little older." He added of what he was looking for in an actress to play the female lead, "She should fit in with the guys." In the end, "Jennifer Jason Leigh came in and was really good."

Further praising Lawrence, he said, "I think she could end up being another little Bette Davis if she keeps on going the way she's going. I think her work with David O. Russell is very reminiscent of William Wyler and Bette Davis'."

Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Channing Tatum, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn and Zoe Bell. It centers on eight travelers who seek refuge from a snowstorm in a way station. The movie is set for a limited release on Christmas Day in the U.S.

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