Thursday 18 December 2014

Tarantino goes bananas with 'I'm no monkey' rant

Dean Gray

Published 11/01/2013 | 05:00

FILM director Quentin Tarantino has launched a furious tirade at a Channel 4 news reporter saying: "You can't make me dance, I'm not a monkey."

The Oscar winner who was promoting his new film, 'Django Unchained', repeatedly refused to answer questions about the violence in his films while speaking to Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy

When Tarantino (pictured) was challenged about why his films were so violent, he told the startled reporter: "I'm shutting your butt down."

The controversial director got increasingly angry saying: "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."

While the debate about the link between film violence and real-life atrocities rages in the US, the man behind violent classics from 'Reservoir Dogs' to 'Inglorious Basterds' said: "I have explained this many times in the last 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."

Here are excerpts from the interview: Krishnan Guru-Murthy: "Let me ask you about violence. You said, you know, everyone knows you make violent movies, you like violent movies. Why do you like making violent movies?"

Quentin Tarantino: "Erm ... I don't know. It's like asking Judd Apatow: 'Why do you like making comedies?'"

KGM: "You just get a kick out of it? Or you just enjoy it?"

QT: "I think ... I think it's good cinema. I consider it good cinema. You know, it's ... You sit there in a movie theatre when these cathartic, violent scenes happen. . . I'm talking about the cathartic violence scenes . . . Then there's the cathartic violence of Django paying back blood for blood."

KGM: "Is that why you think people like watching violent movies – people who are not violent or twisted people, but why it's OK to go into a movie and enjoy the violence?"

QT: "Yeah, well, it's a movie. It's a fantasy – it's not real life. You go and you watch. You know, you watch a kung-fu movie and one guy takes on 100 people. That's fun!"

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KGM: "But why are you so sure that there's no link between enjoying movie violence and enjoying real violence?"

QT: "I don't ... I'm 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."

KGM: "Why?"

QT: "Because 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."

KGM: "I can't make you answer anything. I'm asking you interesting questions."

QT: "And I'm saying. . . and I'm saying that I refuse."

Irish Independent

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