German Playboy Admits That Some Of Ennio Morricone’s Quotes About Quentin Tarantino Were “Reproduced Incorrectly”
Over the weekend, an interview between German Playboy and legendary film composer Ennio Morricone went viral due to some quotes he allegedly made about two-time collaborator Quentin Tarantino. Ennio called QT a “cretin,” and “not a director.” He described Quentin’s style as blatantly stealing from others and called his films “trash.”
After the interview gained some attention, Ennio released a statement saying the quotes weren’t from him. German Playboy stood by its story. But now Variety is reporting that German Playboy has admitted that the story wasn’t exactly the truth.
On Tuesday, German Playboy editor-in-chief Florian Boitin released a statement saying that the magazine had published an interview that had incorrectly “reproduced” some quotes. They put the blame on the article’s writer, Marcel Anders, although they wouldn’t say which quotes were the incorrectly reproduced ones. Still, they apologized to Ennio, and claim they’ve put their lawyers on it.
“Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist. In the past, we have had no reason to doubt his journalistic integrity and skills. Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly. We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light. We are working to clarify this matter and are exploring legal measures.”
Ennio himself has threatened legal action too, but no one can seem to agree on which parts of the interview were misquoted or made up or whatever happened here. I need to know: did Marcel Anders pull an EgyptAir and fabricate the whole thing? Did he pick quotes that someone else has said? Or did he take things Ennio said during the interview and twist the context? Like, was the interview conducted during Ennio’s lunch, and was he heard holding up his tuna fish container asking if someone could direct him to a trash he could throw his tin into?
We need to know exactly what happened here, because it’s going to be awkward if Quentin calls Ennio up and asks if he’ll compose the score for his final revenge-based film, Silence of the Music Man.