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In an interview for his latest movie, Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino explodes at a reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 news for questioning him about the link between real-life and movie violence.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy had no idea what he was getting himself into when he sat down with director Quentin Tarantino to discuss insights on Django Unchained.
Tarantino began by appreciating the fact that the movie brought about an open dialogue between viewers on slavery, a topic not readily discussed.
He continued by commenting that he enjoys making violent movies because it is good cinema.
However, the interview grew heated when Guru-Murthy asked Tarantino why he believed there was no connection between liking movie violence and liking real-life violence.
Tarantino refused to answer the question, exploding, “I’m not your slave and you’re not my master.”
Guru-Murthy managed to keep calm for the entire eight and a half minutes despite Tarantino’s rant. “You don’t want to talk about anything serious?” He probed once more.
“I’m shutting your butt down.” And with Tarantino’s final words on the issue, Guru-Murthy led the interview in a different direction.
In response to the dispute, Guru-Murthy told The Daily Telegraph, “I was surprised about his reaction to the questions, which were very gentle. I love a lot of his work—I wasn’t looking for a fight.”
“The trouble for me is not the minor ‘tantrumtino’ at a movie junket, it is the inconsistency,” Guru-Murthy published in his blog, unaware which topics or questions would upset Tarantino.
According to Fox News, the topic of violence has been a popular yet controversial topic from the recent string of school shootings, from Sandy Hook Elementary to the latest altercation at Taft High. In fact, the premiere of Django Unchained was cancelled because of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The movie currently has five Oscar nominations, including one for best film.