Quentin Tarantino tends to come across controversy with any movie that he releases, surely he should be used to it by now. Plus, it's just part of the job description as international movie-writer-director-producer-extraordinaire that you'll have to answer the same questions over and over and over. His latest movie, Django Unchained, has come under criticism for its gratuitous violence and its representation of historic slavery, hence inherent racism. However, when Channel 4 were interviewing him, it was just a step too far for Tarantino.
The interviewer asked him about the relationship between fictive and real violence. Tarantino's response: "Don't ask me a question like that. I'm not biting. I refuse your question," Tarantino fumed. "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."
His rant didn't stop there, when asked, "So, you don't want to talk about anything serious then?" He replied: "I don't want to talk about what you want to talk about. I don't want to talk about the implications of violence," Tarantino replied. "I've said everything I have to say about it. If anyone cares what I have to say about it, they can Google me and they can look for 20 years what I have to say. But I haven't changed my opinion one iota... "I'm shutting your butt down."
Harsh words! The question of movie violence has erupted once more since the shooting at Sandy Hook in Newtown last year. While Tarantino doesn't want to answer questions, the query is valid.