Tarantino rants over violence questions

Last updated 12:54 12/01/2013
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NOT AMUSED: Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino refused to answer questions about violence.

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Quentin Tarantino lost his cool during a TV appearance, telling an interviewer "I'm shutting your butt down".

The legendary director is currently in the UK for the premiere of his latest movie Django Unchained. The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson, has attracted a great deal of attention. It features a series of graphic scenes, and Quentin has been debating the connection between real-life and onscreen violence.

During an interview for Channel 4 News, Quentin was once again asked about the link between crime and movie violence and why he enjoys making such gruesome films. He became increasingly irate as the presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy pressed him on the subject.

"I refuse your question. 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," Quentin fumed. "I don't want to talk about what you want to talk about. I don't want to talk about the implications of violence. I haven't wanted... because... The reason I don't want to talk about it: because I've said everything I have to say about it."

When Guru-Murthy insisted it was his "job" to address the topic, Tarantino replied: "And I'm shutting your butt down!"

Django Unchained's world premiere was cancelled following the shootings in a Connecticut school last month. Since the tragedy, gun control has been at the forefront of US political debate.

Tarantino was also asked if he believed there is any connection between violent movies and shooting massacres.

"It's none of your damn business what I think about that," he replied. "I'm saying no, and I'm shutting you down... I don't have any responsibility to you to explain anything I don't want to...

"I've explained this many times in 20 years but I just refuse to repeat myself over and over again because you want me to - for you and your show and your ratings."

After the interview was aired, Guru-Murthy took to his blog to address Quentin's meltdown.

"The trouble for me is not the minor 'tantrumtino' at a movie junket, it is the inconsistency.

"The director was happy to talk about slavery as an issue, the debate on slavery now going on in America, he says thanks to him. He will even accept that he enjoys what he calls 'cathartic violence' in movies," he explained. "But is there a relationship between enjoying movie violence and enjoying real violence? Cathartic or not? That's where he stops - or 'refuses'."

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Yesterday it was announced that Django Unchained has been nominated for five Oscars, including a best original screenplay nod for Tarantino. At the London premiere last night, Quentin said it had been a "good week" for him.

The movie sees a slave turned bounty hunter on a mission to save his wife from a cruel plantation owner.

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