The filmmaker says it’s unlikely he’ll ever sit down for a proper chat again after the criticism he’s received this year
Quentin Tarantino has had a vocal year to say the least. He said some stuff, got in trouble, and now, at the end of it all, he’s unlikely to do another proper interview again.
As a result of the backlash that had greeted Tarantino’s recent personal opinions on police brutality and the credibility of other films and TV programmes, the film-maker says he’s now wary of taking part in any more long-form profiles, regardless of what publication it’s for. For Tarantino, the risk of being misinterpreted isn’t worth it.
“Let me put it like this,” Tarantino told the Guardian. “A sit-down, where you get to know the guy, and you hang out with him for three days? I don’t see what I get out of that anymore. When [an interview] had its own integrity, that was a different thing. If I keep giving fish, and they’re giving me back chum in 450 different outlets, I don’t know why I’m doing it.”
Speaking of today’s media, the director said: “[Nowadays] a few pull quotes are pulled, and salacious headlines are attached to it, and this one thing you said appears in 150 different online outlets – the whole article is cannibalized, based on that. I wasn’t quite used to that.”
As well as controversial remarks concerning police violence that got him in trouble with US police, he’s been outspoken on plenty of matters leading up to the release of The Hateful Eight, his eighth film, touted as his best yet, opening in December.
He was criticised in the media for saying that Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr biopic “deserved an Emmy” – aka, it seemed made for TV. In response to the backlash, he said he’d not seen the film but judging by the promo material, it looked “like a 70s TV movie”. Burn. In another interview also said he skipped the second season of True Detective because it looked “just awful”.
There’s nothing wrong with either of these comments: they’re funny and the second season of True Detective was terrible. But it’s unusual for someone so prominent in the industry to be serving up such controversial truths, which is why they received so much weighted attention. It’s truly a shame if he doesn’t do more profile – particularly when he is such a talented character with opinions to boot. But you can respect where he’s coming from.