Just as Vice President Joe Biden is culling information from Hollywood heavyweights in an attempt to deliver some viable gun control solutions and compromises to President Obama, word spreads about Quentin Tarantino’s outburst on the topic during an interview with Britain’s Channel 4.
“I’m shutting your butt down,” he tells Krishnan Guru-Murthy during a video interview about his film Django Unchained. Guru-Murthy tries multiple times to break into the subject of gun violence with Tarantino, who’s said throughout his career that he sees no connection between movies and real life violence, and who recently told NPR’s Terry Gross it was “disrespectful to [the victims’] memories” when he was asked about movie violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.
At first, Tarantino seems mildly annoyed, responding to Guru-Murthy’s questions about violence with sarcasm: “It’s like asking Judd Apatow why he makes comedies.” But when the subject of Jamie Foxx’s recent comments to the AP, in which he stated that movies do influence real life violence, Tarantino became enraged and told the interviewer to “talk to Jamie Foxx about that.”
But was Tarantino throwing a fit over nothing? As the shouting match continues, Tarantino makes the point that he’s offered his opinion on the issue time and again and that if people want to know what he thinks, “they can Google me.” “I’m not biting … I’m not your slave and you’re not my master. You can’t make me dance to your tune,” he said, following it up with the sentence no reporter wants to hear: “This [interview] is a commercial for my movie, make no mistake.” And no matter who you are, it’s rather hard to complete an interview after a statement like that.
Still, Guru-Murthy recovers and finishes the interview timidly. But should he have had to back down? Should Tarantino answer for the violence in his movies? Or has he said enough?
Of course, we should keep in mind that this a man whose explosive nature is what makes his movies so beloved. Perhaps fielding the same question in interview after interview while his movie is already stirring up racial controversy isn’t the most unlikely catalyst for a public outburst...
Watch the full interview below.
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