Ennio Morricone Called Out Tarantino For Being A "Cretin"
The legendary composer has hit out at filmmaker Quentin Tarantino in a new interview.
UPDATE: Morricone has released a statement claiming he never spoke with Playboy Germany and that his comments were fabricated. He said that he believes Tarantino to be a "great director" and plans to sue the publication.
Morricone is known for creating the soundtracks for classic films including The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso, and The Untouchables.
The 90-year-old Italian composer won an Academy Award for his work on Tarantino's Hateful Eight -- but didn't have anything nice to say about the filmmaker in an interview with Playboy Germany.
“The man is a cretin,” Morricone said in the interview, translated from German. “He just steals from others and puts it together again. There is nothing original about that.
"And he is not a director either," he continued. "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," he said of the Inglourious Basterds director.
It seems as though Morricone didn't have a pleasant experience while collaborating with Tarantino.
“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.
“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 my....”
Morricone turned 90 just yesterday and has clearly decided he might as well speak his truth in his twilight years.
Tarantino's new film about Charles Manson -- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood-- is due out mid-2019.
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