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Quentin Tarantino bristles over questions about on-screen violence

Quentin Tarantino launched into an irritated rant during an interview on a British TV news show on Thursday, repeatedly refusing to answer a question about violence in his films and angrily telling a journalist, "I am not your slave."

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The filmmaker is in the U.K. for the London premiere of his latest film, "Django Unchained," which debuted Thursday evening, and ahead of the screening he agreed to an interview with a TV crew from Channel 4 News. Respected broadcaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy sat down in a studio with Tarantino for the eight-minute chat, but the conversation became heated when he asked the director why he is so adamant that violence in movies is not to blame for real-life killings. Tarantino said, "I'm not going to tell you why I'm so sure. Don't ask me a question like that; I'm not biting. I refuse your question ... I'm not your slave and you're not my master. You can't make me dance to your tune. I'm not a monkey."

As Guru-Murthy attempted to quote from a recent interview with Jamie Foxx, who plays the lead role in "Django Unchained," Tarantino became visibly annoyed and cut in, saying, "Then you should talk to Jamie Foxx about that, and I think he is actually here, so you can ... I don't want to [talk about it] because I am here to sell my movie. This [interview] is a commercial for my movie, make no mistake ... I don't want to talk about what you want to talk about. I don't want to talk about the implications of violence. The reason I don't want to talk about it is because I have said everything I have to say about it. If anyone cares what I have to say about it, they can Google me, and they can look for 20 years what I have to say, but I haven't changed my opinion one iota ... and I am shutting your butt down."

Asked why he believes there is no correlation between movie violence and real-life massacres, Tarantino said, "It's none of your damn business what I think about that. ... I'm saying no, and I'm shutting you down. ... I don't have any responsibility to you to explain anything I don't want to. ... I have explained this many times in 20 years; I just refuse to repeat myself over and over again because you want me to -- for you and your show and your ratings."

Tarantino recently attacked critics who are blaming violent blockbusters for the recent Newtown, Conn., school shooting, insisting such comments are disrespectful to the victims. Growing frustrated on the subject of violence in movies in a recent NPR interview, Tarantino said, "I'm really annoyed. I think it's disrespectful ... to the memory ... of the people who died to talk about movies. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health."

"Django Unchained" was released just days after the Newtown shooting, during which 20 children were killed.

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Jan 11, 2013 9:30AM
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Since when is he working as a role model for our children or representative of public morality and behavior specialist?  Last I checked, he's a director.  He makes fictional movies.  We're back to blaming Elvis and his hips for the corruption of society?  Gosh, that's a lot of power to bestow on one individual.

 

Why does the public even care what anyone in the entertainment industry holds for personal views?  It's not relevant.  Stop trying to shift the blame.  Again.

Jan 11, 2013 9:24AM
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I just saw "Django Unchained" and it is incredibly violent and bloody, but it's done in such a way that it's also artistically satisfying for the situation in which the film is set in, which is pre-Civil War 1850s.  Tarantino's films are always violent and bloody, though, and I wouldn't expect any less of him as a filmmaker, and he's a consummate filmmaker.  Give 'em hell, Quentin!!!
Jan 11, 2013 9:36AM
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It's all George Bush's fault........   :-}

 

Jan 11, 2013 10:31AM
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I have been watching violence on movies, and TV since very young, I'm now 70-retired cop.

 

Can't say these mediums ever made me think of actually going out , and killing someone  !

 

Shoote'm ups, and sword fighting are liked by my wife as well.  Haven't made us  killers.

 

If a person is so disturbed, as to actually kill another human, without provocation and indifference,

 

Then they wouldn't need a movie as a stimuli.  During my tenure as a cop, I had " a green light ", to take another human  life, more than once !  So close to pulling the trigger, that I had taken the slack off it. but I gave a chance for conditions to change, and to this day I thank God I did.  Not easy to kill someone, unless you have no alternative, except to protect life.

Jan 11, 2013 7:38AM
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You can't have it both ways Quentin. When it suits a film maker, they will take credit for a perceived positive impact their film has on people. But when the film may be thought of as having a negative impact, then their answer is that they are just making a movie and they have no control over the way people think or act.
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