Iconic Film Composer Ennio Morricone Thinks Quentin Tarantino Sucks At His Job (UPDATE: He Denies Saying It)
Ennio Morricone is a famed composer of countless film scores, including “spaghetti westerns” like A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and Once Upon a Time in the West, as well as John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven and many more. He’s collaborated with foot guy film director Quentin Tarantino on two separate occasions (a piece from Django Unchained and the score for The Hateful Eight) and clearly loves the man.
While talking to German Playboy (via The Playlist), Ennio really shared his love for QT.
“The man is a cretin,” Morricone continued seemingly more agitated. “He just steals from others and puts it together again. There is nothing original about that. And he is not a director either. So not comparable to real Hollywood greats like John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock or Billy Wilder. They were great. Tarantino is just cooking up old stuff.” The Playboy interview says that Morricone admitted that he didn’t like Tarantino’s films and called them “trash.”
Now that is someone who needs to go down to HR and give his exit interview. What has inspired this hatred in 90-year-old Ennio Morricone? Basically, Quentin is one demanding rip-off artist because when he wants a musical score from you, he wants it NOW NOW NOW.
“He calls out of nowhere and then wants to have a finished film score within days, which is impossible. Which makes me crazy!” Morricone said [according to Google Translate]. “Because that’s just not possible. And I do not go there anymore. I told him that last time. But next time I will be tough. Then he can kiss me.”
Ennio probably meant to go along with the full-on “kiss my ass” but English is probably a secondary language for him. On Quentin’s part, he reads like he admires Ennio’s work so much that he’s down with letting Ennio call him a “cretin”. This is Quentin answering an earlier diss from Enno back in 2015 (via The Playlist).
“I think he was talking to a class, and he was just saying that he didn’t care for my all-over-the-map approach in the case of ‘Django Unchained’ and some of the other things that I’ve done and whatever. But it wasn’t necessarily a criticism of me, per se. It’s just not his cup of tea,” he said. “I think it’s kind of a generational thing, and that I completely understand. He apologized. And he said nothing he needed to apologize about. He later clarified it, because it was blown out of proportion. Some asshole nimrod who wants some sort of power thing leaked it to whatever thingy so he can just have the fun of watching it in three hundred outlets. I felt [Morricone] was betrayed by that person. I knew that was where he was coming from! I knew that’s how he felt about my shit! It was nothing new to me. And almost in a generational way, he was left out to dry. He is such a great artist, he can say any fucking thing he wants.”
Now that’s admiration. Also, Ennio has feet. Quentin LOVES feet, as we all know. Enno probably came strolling on to the set one day to find out what that “cretin” wanted while wearing flip-flops on his old dude hooves. Quentin saw this and dropped to the ground, all mesmerized and worshipful. He REALLY likes feet. He probably wanted to lick up on them and was just fine with Enno thinking he’s a no-talent hack.
UPDATE: 90-year-old Ennio Morricone released a statement denying it all. Saying that he thinks QT is one of the greatest directors of all-time and German Playboy should be labeled as a fairy tale, because they made up the interview.
“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.”
Translation: He’s 90, was drinking some wine, and forgot he was talking to a writer from Germany Playboy. Just let me believe there’s a feud between a 90-year-old composer and QT. But I did love that he said “penal.”