Civil Liberties

Tarantino Annoyed by Efforts to Link Movie Violence to Real Violence

Tired of frequency of being asked about it


If you ask Quentin Tarantino (as many in the media have), any suggestion that movie violence played a role in last month's Newtown shootings is prepopsterous.

The director—whose Django Unchained features plenty of killings in the manner of his past bloody works like Reservoir Dogs and Inglourious Basterds—exchanged some heated words on the subject with NPR's Terry Gross during a Wednesday interview on Fresh Air.

When the host asked him whether the massacre of 26 people made his new film "less fun" or whether he "lost his taste" for movie violence following the tragedy, a touchy Tarantino dismissed the question.