Famed film composer Ennio Morricone has denied participating in a Playboy Germany interview recently, comments from which went viral this weekend in which he appeared to trash talk Quentin Tarantino and called the filmmaker a cretin.
The 90-year-old composer won an Oscar for composing Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and the filmmaker has used his work several times in this films. The article has Morricone claiming Tarantino calls at the last minute and wants a finished film score delivered within days.
The article then reportedly has him going on to say Tarantino just “steals from others and puts it together again. There is nothing original about that” before calling him not a real director. Morricone has now said in a statement released Sunday:
“It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have called Tarantino a cretin and consider his films garbage. 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. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit Tarantino for being one of the people responsible for getting me an Oscar, which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgements of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film.”
Morricone and Tarantino have had a successful if feisty working relationship in the past and this isn’t the first time Morricone has said comments about working with Tarantino and then quickly issued a follow-up statement saying they were taken out of context, though the ones this time were far harsher and this time he’s outright slamming the quotes as false.
At present Morricone isn’t involved in Tarantino’s next directorial effort “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.