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While Quentin Tarantino has been doing his publicity tour for Django Unchained, the director has been asked over and over again about the violence in the film. In his latest interview with a British journalist, Tarantino refused to answer a question about a possible connection between violent films and violence in real life.
Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked him why he beleives that there is no connection, but the Pulp Fiction director didn’t want to answer. “Don’t ask me a question like that. I’m not biting. I refuse your question,” he told Guru-Murthy.
When asked why he refused, he continued, “Because 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.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, Guru-Murthy pressed on though, bringing up quotes from Jamie Foxx, who stars in Django, but Tarantino refused to respond to those, saying that he should just bring in Foxx.
“I’ve said all I have to say on the subject… I have explained this many times in the last 20 years,” Tarantino said, suggesting that people look up past interviews on Google.
During the rest of the interview, Tarantino tries to remind the interviewer that this is a “commercial” for his movie and at another point, he tells him that he’s “shutting your butt down.”
The question about violence in films has followed Tarantino since his career began, since it plays such an important part in his films, including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Inglourious Basterds.
Django earned several Oscar nominations yesterday, including Best Picture.
You can watch the interview below: