Ennio Morricone Threatens Lawsuit Against Playboy For Claiming He Referred To Quentin Tarantino As A "Cretin"

Ennio Morricone Threatens Lawsuit Against Playboy For Claiming He Referred To Quentin Tarantino As A "Cretin"
Credit: Source: TheFilmStage.com

On Sunday, the Oscar-winning composer, Ennio Morricone, released a statement stating that he would sue Playboy Germany for claiming he said that Quentin Tarantino was "a cretin" whose films were "trash."

As you may know, the 90-year-old composer, who is most known for creating western-style soundtracks, including the infamous opening track from  The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, created the Oscar-winning soundtrack for Tarantino's project in 2015, The Hateful Eight.

Morricone said in his statement that the organization's claims were entirely "false." According to the award-winning musician, he has argued the exact opposite: that Tarantino is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

Morricone said he has never given an interview to Playboy Germany, and he especially hasn't said such things about Tarantino or his movies. As a result of the outlet's story, Morricone said he has "given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action."

According to the interview from the publication, Morricone said that Tarantino is not a real director, and he really just takes styles and ideas from others, breaks them down, and puts them "back together again."

The publication also claims the Academy Award-winner said Tarantino asked for a soundtrack on short notice which really upset him. Moreover, they claim Morricone said the Oscars were "boring" and he had no desire to return to the United States ever again.

The magazine quoted him describing the Academy as having "self-inflated pomposities and embarrassments like the Oscars." According to Morricone, the quotes they have from him are completely fabricated, and he considers the Oscars as an important institution.

The composer thinks his lifetime achievement award and Acadamy Award are the greatest achievements in his lifetime, contrary to the report from Playboy Germany.  Tarantino hasn't said anything in response to these allegations yet, and Morricone's team haven't released further details.

As cinephiles know, Tarantino has been a longtime fan of Morricone, and actually asked him to score a soundtrack to his latest movie, which brought him out of retirement. It was the first time the composer produced a score in years.

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