Tarantino and Rodriguez: Who's the Man?

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'There's Nothing You Can Do Wrong In A Movie'

TARANTINO:
I personally think it's a very good thing. And the reason I think it's a good thing is, to me, it's just aesthetic. It's not a question of society. There's nothing you can do wrong in a movie. It's like there's nothing you can do wrong in a painting or wrong in a song. You can do it badly. You can do it well. Violence is green, all right? And I'm a painter, and, you know, musicals are red and something else is blue. And it's one of my colors.

TAPPER:
Right now, the government is taking a hard look at how movies are marketed to kids, the fact that a lot of horror movies, like the SAW films are getting into the hands of people under the age of 15, through the Internet or DVDs. Is that a concern to you as filmmakers that the government is taking a look at your work?

TARANTINO:
Well, what does that mean, though? They're taking a look at our work, what does that mean?

TAPPER:
Well, that there is a concern about the marketing of violent movies to kids. "Grindhouse" is rated R, and nobody under 17 is supposed to be admitted without an adult. But, in this new era of films and bootlegs and Internet and DVDs, a lot of kids will see these movies. That obviously had an effect on you as a kid. It made you want to be a filmmaker.

TARANTINO:
Oh, I know. Yes…everything you're talking about, whenever it's described as a worst-case scenario, it's like, "Well, that's my life, and I'm doing pretty good."

TAPPER:
But certainly not every child who watches these movies is going to end up as successful and talented as you.

TARANTINO:
But everything that is supposed to be a fate worse than death has actually been fantastic for me, and I had a good time when I was a kid watching these movies.

I have a little joke, but it actually is kind of true, that kids who watch violent movies -- again, who like them, not that you force them -- but if the kids will respond to that naturally, it won't make them a violent human being when they grow up, but it could very well make them violent filmmakers when they grow up.

RODRIGUEZ:
And it's really considered a rite of passage for some kids to watch some of these movies, like, "Can you take it?" You know, egged on by their friends. And some kids don't want to watch that stuff. They're not ready. I mean, I felt I was ready, around 12 years old is when I first saw these movies, and it made me want to be creative. It didn't make me want to go kill people. It actually made me go, "How did they do that? How did they get that --"

TARANTINO:
"How did that head explode? Whoa. What was that?" And then that is why you have all these 12-year-old kids and they're doing -- they all want to be little Tom Savinis, and they've got their makeup kits and they're putting scars on their face and tumors and learning how to blow up a melon and make it look like a witch head.

And they actually see it in the right way. It's not the way everybody's feeling, but my feeling is -- say something like "Grindhouse" is an example, anywhere from 12 up, if the kid wants to see the movie, he could probably handle it. If he doesn't want to see it, then whatever. But if he actually wants to see it -- or she wants to see it -- they can probably handle it. But that's up to the parent.

TAPPER:
But the Motion Picture Association says 17 and over.

TARANTINO:
No, they don't. OK? You can take a six-year-old kid to see "Grindhouse," if the parent takes them to the theater.

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