It’s been well known for many years that Quentin Tarantino worships the legendary film composer Ennio Morricone. However, according to an interview in ‘Playboy Germany’, Morricone doesn’t feel the same way.
“Tarantino is absolutely chaotic. He talks without thinking, he does everything at the last minute. He has no idea. He calls up out of the blue and wants a complete score in just a few days. That’s not possible. It makes me so mad. I’m not going to put up with this. And I told him so last time.”
“The man is a cretin. He only steals from others and puts stuff back together again. There’s nothing original about that. That doesn’t make him a director. He is nothing compared with the Hollywood greats, such as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock or Billy Wilder. They had class. Tarantino simply recooks old dishes.”
Harsh words indeed. However, Morricone has denied saying anything insulting about Tarantino and says that the interview never took place.
“This is totally false. I have not given an interview to Playboy Germany and even more, I have never called Tarantino a cretin and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action. I consider Tarantino a great director. I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together.”
There’s certainly evidence that the relationship between the two has been sometimes frosty in the past. I remember just after the release of Django Unchained that Morricone said how he found the way that Tarantino works very difficult. But I can’t imagine that he would have called him a cretin considering that he wrote an Oscar-winning score score for him and even unearthed unused tracks from his score to The Thing for Tarantino to also use in The Hateful Eight – unless something really bad happened between the two during the making of that movie. But I can’t imagine that the 90-year old composer would even want to give an interview for a publication called ‘Playboy Germany’ anyway.
However this pans out, I guess that we won’t be hearing any Morricone in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood….