Quentin Tarantino is “excited” that The Hateful Eight coincides with current racial tensions in America.
The famous director’s latest project focuses on bounty hunters seeking shelter from a blizzard in post-Civil War Wyoming and stars the likes of Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. Away from the camera Quentin has been embroiled with topical issues, recently joining hundreds of demonstrators in New York to protest police brutality against mostly black men. The filmmaker sees a correlation between what’s happening now and his feature, and is pleased they go hand-in-hand.
“I know. I’m very excited by that,” he told Britain’s GQ magazine on how the film reflects the situation in the US between at the moment. “Finally, the issue of white supremacy is being talked about and dealt with. And it’s what the movie’s about. It was already in the script. It was already in the footage we shot. It just happens to be timely right now. We’re not trying to make it timely. It is timely. I love the fact that people are talking and dealing with the institutional racism that has existed in this country and been ignored. I feel like it’s another Sixties moment, where the people themselves had to expose how ugly they were before things could change.”
With so many successful movies under his belt, such as Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, Quentin admits he doesn’t feel rivalry against other directors. And the last time he did feel threatened by a particular film franchise, his worries were quickly quashed when he saw the flick in question.
“The last time that I felt competitive was when I was doing Kill Bill and my competition was The Matrix Reloaded,” he recalled. “That was the sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. I saw Matrix Reloaded at the Chinese Theatre the day it opened and I walked out of the cinema singing… I was like, ‘Bring it the f**k on. I was worried about that? Holy s**t.'”
– Cover Media