Tarantino: ‘Disrespectful’ to link violence to movies

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tl;dr it’s the video games’ fault. Just kidding.



GROSS: So I just have to ask you, is it any less fun after like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, like, do you ever go through a period where you lose your taste for movie violence? And movie violence is not real violence, I understand the difference. But still, are there times when it just is not a fun movie experience for you – either to be making it that way or to be in the audience for something like that?

TARANTINO: Not for me.

GROSS: So it’s so completely separate, that the reality of violence doesn’t affect at all your feelings about making or viewing very violent or sadistic…

TARANTINO: Sadistic? I don’t know. I do know what, I don’t know. I think, you know, you’re putting a judgment on it.

GROSS: No, no, no…

TARANTINO: You’re putting a judgment on it.

GROSS: The characters are sadistic. The characters are sadistic. I’m not talking about, you know, the filmmaker. I’m talking about the characters. I mean, the characters are undeniably sadistic.

TARANTINO: Mm-hmm. When you say after the tragedy, what do you mean by that exactly?

GROSS: Well, like…

TARANTINO: Do you mean like on that day would I watch “The Wild Bunch?” Maybe not on that day.

GROSS: Or in the next few days, like while it’s still – while it’s still really fresh in your – while the reality – yeah.

TARANTINO: Would I watch a kung fu movie three days after the Sandy Hook massacre? Would I watch a kung fu movie? Maybe, ’cause they have nothing to do with each other.

GROSS: You sound annoyed that I’m…


TARANTINO: Yeah, I am.

GROSS: I know you’ve been asked this a lot.

TARANTINO: Yeah, I’m really annoyed. I think it’s disrespectful. I think it’s disrespectful to their memory, actually.

GROSS: With whose memory?

TARANTINO: The memory of the people who died to talk about movies. I think it’s totally disrespectful to their memory. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health.

GROSS: Just one other related question. Did you ever – because I know you really enjoy, have always enjoyed really violent movies. Have you ever been exposed to a movie image – even like when you were a child or as an adult that you wished you hadn’t seen because it was so troubling and scary and you had nightmares about it and hunted you?

TARANTINO: Well, you make that that’s not supposed to happen, like that would be a bad thing.

GROSS: Not passing value judgment, just asking.

TARANTINO: Well, let me just, you know, let me just say this, it’s…

GROSS: I mean, well, some of my favorite movies from childhood like terrified me but…

TARANTINO: Yeah, I know exactly. Yeah, I mean here’s this kind of where I’m coming from, is I’ve been asked this question for 20 years. And my an…

GROSS: Which question?

TARANTINO: About the effects of violence in movies relating to violence in real life. And my answer is the same 20 years ago. It hasn’t changed one iota.

GROSS: And it’s the answer you just gave?



TARANTINO: Well, I don’t know what I just said but…


TARANTINO: …obviously, I don’t – obviously I don’t think one has to do with the other.

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