Playboy Germany has defended its story in which legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone labelled filmmaker and his former collaborator Quentin Tarantino ‘a cretin’ and dubbed his films ‘trash’.
Word of the interview hit over the weekend with Morricone then issuing a statement essentially calling the interview a fabrication and said he hadn’t spoken with the outlet and would take legal action against them. Now, the publishing group Hubert Burda Media, who owns Playboy in Germany, has rejected that disavowal with a statement of their own:
“We are surprised that composer Ennio Morricone denies giving an interview to German Playboy. In fact, the conversation took place on June 30th 2018 at his estate in Rome. The interview, about the concert organizer Semmel Concerts, which was also present at the interview, had been agreed to with German Playboy. We also cannot understand that parts of the published statements were apparently not found to have been accurate.”
The Q&A was conducted by music journalist Marcel Anders and the original article included the quote: “The man [Tarantino] is a cretin. He only steals from others and puts that stuff together in a new way. None of that is original. He is not a director. Meaning you can’t compare him to Hollywood greats like John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock or Billy Wilder. Those were great. Tarantino only recycles old stuff.”
Giorgio Assumma, Morricone’s lawyer, said he would be talking to his client Tuesday and had no immediate further comment beyond their original statement.