Morricone Says He Never Called Tarantino A Cretin, Plans To Sue Playboy Germany

It was reported yesterday that legendary composer Ennio Morricone had called out filmmaker Quentin Tarantino as "trash".

The interview was printed in Playboy Germany but Morricone has now released a statement saying he never spoke to the publication.

It sounds a bit like the time Drew Barrymore gave an "interview" to Egypt Air's in-flight magazine -- except the Morricone piece was widely believed to be the real deal.

"It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have stated extremely negative comments about Tarantino and his films, and the Academy," Morricone wrote in the statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter. 

"I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films -- and certainly do not consider his films garbage," the statement continued. "I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action."

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Morricone and Tarantino worked together on The Hateful Eight -- for which the now 90-year-old Italian composer won an Academy award.

His statement went on to say that he considered Tarantino to be a "great director".

"I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit our collaboration responsible for getting me an Oscar, which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgements of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film.

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The composer turned 90 over the weekend, so we can't imagine he would have been too happy to be spending his time setting this mess straight.

Tarantino is yet to comment on the Morricone mix-up.

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