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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  1. I am not too crazy about hearing the N- Word over 140 times. My question is to what end. I am not paying my money to see that crap if Tarrantino’s mother wrote it. I agree with Farrakan they are pushing for a race war and we as a black people will be the losers because we think its alright. Alright to be in prison at 80 to 90 percent of the population, alright to be the las hired and the first fired, alright to be depicted as buffoons in the media. Well its not alright and the sooner you fools realize that its not ok to wear your pants hanging off your butts. its not ok to have a buch of kids out of wedlock. its not ok to support an idea of talking in Ebonics the sooner you will see that the overall scheme is to erase us from this country.

    Jack Johnson

  2. Spike Lee is jealous and envious of Tarantino's success with the slave movie (Django). Katt Williams needs to shut his mouth and stay out of jail.

  3. Let's see the writer/director/producer intended for the movie to be funny! Say what?

    • You give me Farrakhan! I give you the direct source! LOL! I don't hear you!!!!!!!!

    • By the way last year was just YESTERDAY!

    • Jamie Stone Jackson

      When he said there is no humor in slavery or the holocaus…however there can be humor in the course of the situation…his point was to take the weight off of the movie! Not to make it so heavy! Not a comedy or parody!

    • Sorry that is what parodies do! Depict the humor in serious situations.

    • I think you went to the movie with a mindset of taking it serious, and you were not going to waver from that!

    • Jamie Stone Jackson

      I always take slavery serious! But I did look up Spaghetti Western and it came about due to the Italians making westerns in Italy and not America….please education me…I am always open to learn

    • Spaghetti Westerns were made in Italy, They are low budget westerns that have the man character always seeking out revenge. He/ She kills everybody that is deemed "evil" and was responsible for the death of their loved one. That is the basic plot of the Spaghetti Western. There is always real corny music, and you get to see the main character's gunman skills. It is a considered a genre. A genre is a category/type of movie.

    • I pressed post by mistake. The movie D'Jango uses the spaghetti western genre. However, he paradizes the spaghetti western by using a black bounty hunter/former slave to seek revenge and find his lady love. He is riding on a horse! ( Slaves did not ride on horses!) my guess was it was probably considered an escape risk! My point is Taratino is mocking the institution of slavery by totally going against the rules of slavery. For instance, the Samuel Jackson part. His character is smarter than his master, He has to tell Leonardo De Caprio why they are really there. He is the brains of his master.