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Saturday 20 September 2014

Tarantino loses temper in interview

Quentin Tarantino was being interviewed about new movie Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino has lost his temper during a TV interview about violence in films.

The Pulp Fiction director was speaking to Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy about his new film, Django Unchained, and refused to comment on the link between screen violence and true-life violence.

Tarantino told Guru-Murthy: "I'm shutting your butt down."

He began by saying: "Don't ask me a question like that, I'm not biting. I refuse your question."

He added: "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... I'm here to sell my movie, this is a commercial for the movie, make no mistake and you know where I stand on this... It's none of your damn business what I think about that.

"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."

Tarantino admitted that he relished making violent films, but insisted: "It's a movie, it's a fantasy. It's not real life."

When Guru-Murthy moved on to another question, Tarantino calmed down and became amicable once again.

In a recent interview with US radio network NPR, the director claimed there was no link between movie violence and real violence and that the issue was a distraction from the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children were killed during a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School last month.

He said: "I think it's disrespectful to the memory of the people who died to talk about movies. Obviously the issue is gun control and mental health."

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