Published January 11, 2013
NEW YORK – Don’t mess with Quentin Tarantino.
Interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy found himself faced with a fuming Tarantino when he tried to discuss movie violence with the “Django Unchained” director.
Their conversation got heated when Guru-Murthy questioned Tarantino’s stance that movie violence has no impact on real-life violence.
“It’s a movie. It’s a fantasy. It’s not real life,” the director said.
“Why are you so sure there’s no link between enjoying movie violence and enjoying real violence? “ Guru-Murthy pressed on.
“I’m not biting. I refuse your question,” Tarrantino fired back. ““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 refuse.”
The ever-persistent Guru-Murthy tried again, citing a Jamie Foxx statement that suggests “we can’t turn our back on movie violence.” But an animated Tarantino jumped in before he could finish the question.
“Well, then you should talk to Jamie Foxx about that,” he quipped.” I don’t want to talk about the implications of violence!”
Guru-Murthy explained he wanted to “flesh out” Tarantino’s well-known stance on movie violence. But the director wasn’t having it.
“I am shutting your butt down,” Tarrantino said firmly. “It’s none of your damn business what I think about that!”
The issue of gun violence in movies and video games has been a front-burner topic since the tragic shooting of 26 people including 20 school children by a lone gunman in Newtown, Conn. in December. The Los Angeles premiere of "Django Unchained" was canceled shortly after the shooting.