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Quentin Tarantino reveals the line he'd never cross on set when it comes to violence

Charisa Bossinakis

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Quentin Tarantino reveals the line he'd never cross on set when it comes to violence

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Quentin Tarantino has revealed the one line he’d never cross when it comes to depicting violence on film.

The legendary filmmaker is responsible for some of the most bloodthirsty scenes in cinema, from scalping Nazis and having eyes gouged to actors burnt to a crisp.

However, while speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, the director revealed that even he has his limits, explaining that he would never harm an animal for his craft.

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And this includes insects too.

Credit: SPP Sport Press Photo. /Alamy Live News
Credit: SPP Sport Press Photo. /Alamy Live News

“I have a big thing about killing animals in movies. That’s a bridge I can’t cross. Insects too. Unless I’m paying to see some bizzarro documentary, I’m not paying to see real death,” he said, as per Variety.

Tarantino went on to say that actual deaths onscreen ruin the idea that movies are purely ‘make believe’.

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“Part of the way that this all works is that it’s all just make believe. That’s why I can stand the violent scenes, cause we’re all just f**king around," he said.

"Some animal, some dog, some llama, some fly, some rat, doesn’t give a f**k about your movie.

"I’d kill a million rats, but I don’t necessarily want to kill one in a movie or see one killed in a movie, because I’m not paying to see real death.

“Almost always, it’s not just the violence that I have a problem with. There’s usually an incompetence factor in there.”

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Credit: NurPhoto SRL/Alamy Live News
Credit: NurPhoto SRL/Alamy Live News

Many have begun to speculate if Tarantino’s tenth and final film will involve such gruesome violence.

While little is known about his final film - The Movie Critic - Tarantino teased it will follow a real-life critic who once wrote reviews for a porn magazine, leading many to believe this could be a non-violent movie.

But if we know Tarantino, there must be a twist somewhere.

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While speaking to Deadline at Cannes, he revealed that this real-life character is somewhat a cross between radio king Howard Stern and Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle.

“The porno rag critic was very, very funny. He was very rude, you know. He cursed. He used racial slurs. But his s**t was really funny. He was as rude as hell. He wrote like he was 55, but he was only in his early to mid-30s. He died in his late thirties,” he added.

But alas, just because this is his final film, the 60-year-old won’t fully retire.

At least for now, he likes the idea of riding out into the sunset while still 'on top'.

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“I could do a TV show. I didn’t say I’m going to go into the night darkly, all right? I could do a TV show. I could do a short film. I could do a play. All kinds of things I could do, but I’ll probably just be more of a writer,” he said.

Topics: Film & TV, News, Film and TV, Quentin Tarantino

Charisa Bossinakis
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