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Quentin Tarantino On His Style of Screenwriting: ‘…Against Your Will, I Get You to Laugh’

Film director Quentin Tarantino conducts interview with Ebony Magazine to discuss "Django Unchained" and his style of directing.


If you have the slightest idea of what’s taking place in the media, you have probably been reading a lot of commentary around film director and screenplay writer Quentin Tarantino’s new film titled Django Unchained. The film has received criticism from respected film director Spike Lee and accolades from world-renowed leader Minister Louis Farrakhan.

In its Dec./Jan. issue, Ebony Magazine sat down with the controversial Tarantino to discuss his style of screenplay writing, his vision with Django Unchained, and a slew of other things.

The abridged version of the interview is below.



EBONY: What was your vision for Django Unchained?

Quentin Tarantino: I set out to write a really heart-wrenching story of slavery in the antebellum South, combined with an operatic, mythical spaghetti Western story of a Black man who is a slave. Then [we] see his mythical rise to not only become a man but to become a professional bounty hunter who would literally go into the mouth of hell to extract his princess.

EBONY: A lot of skeptics are critical of you taking on slavery.

QT: I haven’t liked any of the representations of slavery that I’ve seen on film. So being touchy about what you’ve seen in the past and what could come out based on that past, [the skepticism] is totally understandable. I get that.

EBONY: Are you more confident about Django after doingInglourious Basterds?

QT: One of the characteristics of my work is that I make you laugh at f**ked-up sh*t. I show things that aren’t funny and are f**ked up… and then all of a sudden, against your will, I get you to laugh. Then the moment I get you to laugh, you’re a co-conspirator. [laughs]

EBONY: How do you make slavery humorous?

QT: To me, there is no humor in slavery. There is no humor in holocaust. However, there can be humor in the course of the situation of the story you’re telling.

EBONY: On a scale of 1 to 10, how many N-bombs are viewers in for?

QT: Since the N-bomb is just the parlance of the day, there’s no limit.


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