The Composer of THE HATEFUL EIGHT Denies Calling Quentin Tarantino "a Cretin" and Trashing His Films


This is an update to a previous post.

Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone won an Academy Award for the musical score he created for director Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, and Playboy recently ran an interview with the composer that featured him trashing the director and his films. Well, it turns out that this was a fabricated interview and Morricone is threatening to sue Playboy. He tells Variety:

“This is totally false. I have not given an interview to Playboy Germany and even more, I have never called Tarantino a cretin and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.”

He went on to say that, “In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, I clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time.”

In case you’re wondering what Playboy ran, that had Morricone saying:

“(Tarantino) is absolutely chaotic. He talks without thinking, he does everything at the last minute. He has no idea. He calls up out of the blue and wants a complete score in just a few days. That’s not possible. It makes me so mad. I’m not going to put up with this. And I told him so last time.”

The magazine also quoted the composer saying:

“The man is a cretin. He only steals from others and puts stuff back together again. There’s nothing original about that. That doesn’t make him a director. He is nothing compared with the Hollywood greats, such as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock or Billy Wilder. They had class. Tarantino simply recooks old dishes.”

Again, Morricone denies saying any of this. Regardless though, a lot of filmmakers these days recook old dishes. That’s just what Hollywood has become in general. It’s rare to see Hollywood take a gamble on a great original film concepts. Almost every film we see now is just a rehash of another film.

The films that Tarantino makes pay tribute to the kinds of movies that he loves, and he directs them in a super cool, stylized, and entertaining way. I’ve been a fan of Tarantino ever since I first saw Reservoir Dogs and I hope that he doesn’t stop making movies anytime soon.

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