The relationship between Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein is complicated. At one point, Tarantino owes much of his mainstream success — especially early on — to Weinstein. On the other hand, there is absolutely zero to defend regarding Weinstein’s behavior. While on a book a tour to promote his first non-fiction book, Cinema speculationthe subject was brought up, giving Tarantino an opportunity to make his bid.
“I had never even heard the stories that later came out,” Tarantino said. “I heard the same stories that everybody had heard. What I wish I had done was talked to Harvey about it and said, ‘Harvey, you can’t do this.’ To tell you the truth, I chalked it up to one Mad Men-era version of the boss chasing the secretary around the desk. I’m not saying it’s ok. That’s how I heard it…in that category. There was never any talk of rape or anything like that.”
As for why Quentin Tarantino didn’t approach Harvey Weinstein, the director said, “The reason I didn’t [say something to Weinstein] was because it’s a really hard conversation to have…I thought it was pathetic. I felt what he was doing was pathetic and I didn’t want to deal with his pathetic.
Tarantino elaborated and expressed regret over the Weinstein situation. “I didn’t think it was, ‘Okay, you do this for me or you’re not going to get this movie.’ I’ve never heard any actress say anything like that… It was just, you know, ‘Don’t get into a limousine with him.’ It was easy to compartmentalize it to a degree…What I feel bad about is I feel bad that I didn’t have a man-to-man talk with him about it.”
Quentin Tarantino’s Cinema speculation book tour concluded earlier this week. Many stories have come from the Q&A sessions, such as that he will be a limited series.
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