Tarantino to journo: 'I'm not your slave'
Posted January 11, 2013
Sometimes it's a little scary how the movie junket sausage gets made: A journalist tosses out a timely and important question. The celebrity subject snarls in response.
Such is what happened Thursday between Britain's Krishnan Guru-Murthy, host of Channel 4 Evening News, and Quentin Tarantino, the (angry) auteur behind the Oscar-nominated Django Unchained, in one of the most cringe-inducing exchanges ever broadcast between interviewer and Hollywood interviewee.
After expressing his congratulations regarding the movie, Guru-Murthy tossed a mildly hard softball about the 49-year-old director's opinion on the link (or lack thereof) between on- and offscreen violence. Tarantino dug in: "Don't ask me questions like that. I'm not biting. I refuse your question."
Guru-Murthy pressed on his path, but Tarantino reached for a risky (some are calling it "unfortunate") metaphor: "I'm not your slave and you're not my master. You can't make me dance to your tune. I'm not your monkey."
Then he peeled back any pretenses behind why he was deigning to sit and chat: "I'm here to sell my movie. This is a commercial for the movie, make no mistake. I don't want to talk about the implications of violence. If anyone cares what I have to say about it, they can Google me, and they can look for 20 years on what I have to say about it. I haven't changed my opinion one iota."
Guru-Murthy persisted, saying that his is a news, vs. entertainment, show; ergo, his job was to ask serious questions. Tarantino's final stab? "I'm shutting your butt down!"
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