Quentin Tarantino has refused to answer questions on violence in his movies during a Channel 4 News interview for his new film Django Unchained.
When asked by interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy why he was sure that there’s no link between enjoying movie violence and enjoying real violence the director replied: “Don’t ask me a question like that – I’m not biting. I refuse your question.”
Guru-Murthy went on to ask why he wouldn’t answer the question, to which Tarantino said: “Because 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.”
Violence in movies and video games has become a hop topic in America recently in the wake of a number of school shootings and Tarantino, who is known for his violent movies, says he has nothing more to say on the issue.
“The reason I don’t want to talk about it is because I’ve said everything I have to say about it. If anyone cares what I have to say about it they can Google me. And they can look for 20 years what I have to say about it. I haven’t changed my opinion one iota.”
Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as a slave-turned-bounty hunter on a mission to save his wife and, like most of Tarantino’s films, it includes a lot of violent scenes.
After the interview Guru-Murthy told The Telegraph: “I would have thought if you invite somebody to interview you it is better to try to answer the questions rather than not. No interviewee has ever said ‘I’m not your slave…I’m not a monkey’ to me before.”
The interview was aired last night on Channel 4 and you can watch a clip below. Django Unchained is due to be released in the UK on 18 January 2013 and you can read our review here.