Quentin Tarantino dances to the beat of his own tune, and he wasn't afraid to let Channer 4 News' reporter, Krishnan Guru-Murthy know this when the latter tried to engage him in a conversation about violence in movies.
The acclaimed director was being interviewed in London for the British Premiere of his Oscar nominated picture 'Django Unchained,' a film that depicts american slavery at its best accompanied by a heavy dose of Tarantino violence, when Guru-Murthy asked him about his opinion on the relationship between film violence and real violence, and Tarantino went ballistic.
After dancing around the subject for a while, Guru-Murthy told Tarantino that it was his job to explore his views on important topics and the director answered accordingly, explaining that HIS job was to sell his movie."Why are you so sure that there's no link between enjoying movie violence and enjoying real violence?" Guru-Murthy asked Tarantino
"Don't ask me questions like that I'm not biting - I refuse you questions," the director responded.
"Why?," prodded the reporter.
"Because I refuse your question, I'm not you're slave and you're not my master you can't make me dance to your tune. I'm not a monkey."
"I'm here to sell my movie. This is a commercial for the movie make no mistakes," he said. "I don't wanna talk about the implications of violence."
And when Guru-Murthy keept pushing, Tarantino broke down and "shut [his] butt down."
"It's none of your damn business what I think about that!" Tarantino exclaimed.
But Guru-Murthy persisted: "Well, it's my job to ask you why you think that because…"
"And I'm saying no! And I'm shutting you down," a fed up Tarantino interrupted him.
In the end, the reporter switched gears, Tarantino lowered his tone and they finished the interview amicably. Later on, Guru-Murthy told the Daily Telegraph this was the first time something like this happened to him during an interview.
“I was surprised about his reaction to the questions, which were very gentle. I love a lot of his work – I wasn't looking for a fight. 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.”