5 Quentin Tarantino Musings: ‘True Detective’ ‘Boring,’ Obama ‘Fantastic’

“All these handsome actors trying to not be handsome,” director of “Hateful Eight” says about HBO anthology series

Last Updated: August 24, 2015 @ 10:51 AM

Quentin Tarantino loves plenty of movies and shows, but HBO’s “True Detective” is not one of them.

The “Hateful Eight” director said he found the premiere episode of the HBO anthology series “boring” and that the second season looked “awful” in a recent interview with Vulture. He also spoke the praises of President Obama, whom he called “fantastic.”

Read below for five of the biggest revelations from the interview:

Tarantino not a fan of “True Detective”

It turns out Quentin Tarantino is not one of the many fans of the HBO anthology series. “I tried to watch the first episode of season one, and I didn’t get into it at all. I thought it was really boring,” he said. “And season two looks awful. Just the trailer — all these handsome actors trying to not be handsome and walking around looking like the weight of the world is on their shoulders.” Tarantino did praise HBO’s “The Newsroom,” however, particularly Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue.

He also says the last two shows he watched all the way through were “Justified” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Obama is “fantastic”

Tarantino is a big supporter of President Obama and his “take no prisoners” approach to the end of his presidency. “I think he’s fantastic. He’s my favorite president, hands down, of my lifetime,” Tarantino said. “He’s been awesome this past year. Especially the rapid, one-after-another-after-another-after-another aspect of it. It’s almost like take no prisoners. His he-doesn’t-give-a-shit attitude has just been so cool.”

He wishes Pam Grier had gotten more roles

Unlike Tarantino principles like John Travolta and Sam Jackson, “Jackie Brown” star Pam Grier did not see a major boost to her career after working with Tarantino, something the director regrets. “It would have been nice if Pam Grier had gotten other lead roles in major movies, but the truth is it’s hard for any woman to get lead roles in movies, especially a black woman in her early 50s,” he said. “She was actually very realistic about that.”

“Hateful Eight” will tackle white supremacy in America

Tarantino admits that the script for “Hateful Eight” was written before the recent resurgence in America’s race debate, but says he is happy the issue is being brought up. “Finally, the issue of white supremacy is being talked about and dealt with. And it’s what the movie’s about,” he said. “I love the fact that people are talking and dealing with the institutional racism that has existed in this country and been ignored.”

He thinks his characters will be his legacy

Tarantino says he used to get excited about casting certain actors in certain roles, but now he is much more concerned with his characters. “I actually think my characters are going to be one of my biggest legacies after I’m gone,” he said. “I did a Nightline interview with some dingbat — it was me, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jamie Foxx — and they were asking about stuff like that. I go, ‘Look, I like these guys, but I love my characters. Their job is to say my dialogue.’


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