Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino is renowned for the violence in his movies and has now been discussing the influence that it may have on the public. Many people claim that violence in video games and movies is partially responsible for the violent behaviour that occurs in the US every day, a claim that Quentin denies.
Talking to Gross, Tarantino said, “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. I’m really annoyed. I think it’s disrespectful. I think it’s disrespectful to their memory, the memory of the people who died, to talk about movies … Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health.”
He added, “The only thing that I’ve ever watched in a movie that I wished I’d never seen is real-life animal death or real-life insect death in a movie. That’s absolutely, positively where I draw the line. And a lot of European and Asian movies do that, and we even did that in America for a little bit of time. … Movies are about make-believe. … I don’t think there’s any place in a movie for real death.”
Quentin Tarantino is currently enjoying success with his latest movie Django Unchained, which was the second highest grossing movie at the US Box Office this weekend, behind Texas Chainsaw 3D. Django Unchained has now made $106.4m in the US.