"We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light"
Playboy Germany has confirmed that several damning quotes attributed to Ennio Morricone about Quentin Tarantino are indeed false.
It comes after the publication initially defended an interview in which the iconic composer allegedly called Tarantino “a cretin” whose movies are “trash”.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the magazine has now retracted its first statement after learning that the freelancer who wrote the article misquoted Morricone.
Editor-in-chief Florian Boitin said in a statement referring to writer Marcel Anders: “Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist. In the past, we have had no reason to doubt his journalistic integrity and skills.
“Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly. We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light. We are working to clarify this matter and are exploring legal measures.”
Morricone last week denied ever making the slurs, saying that he considers Tarantino “a great director” and would look to pursue legal action.
He continued: “I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together. He is courageous and has an enormous personality.”
The composer scored Tarantino’s 2016 film The Hateful Eight, which won him the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Score.