Quentin Tarantino is writing in to clarify comments he made about Selma in his recent New York Times conversation with Bret Easton Ellis.
In the interview, which appears in the Times’ T Magazine, the pair discussed the Ava DuVernay film being snubbed at this year’s Oscars. “She did a really good job on Selma but Selma deserved an Emmy,” Tarantino is quoted as saying in the piece, which received criticism for that comment and others he made about race and how “black critics” respond to his films.
But Wednesday, in an email to IndieWire, Tarantino said that he hasn’t even seen Selma.
“I’m writing you to pass on that the quote from the NY Times piece about Selma is wrong. I never saw Selma,” he wrote. “If you look at the article, it was Bret who was talking about Selma, not me. I did say the line ‘it deserved a Emmy,’ but when I said it, it was more like a question.
“Which basically meant, ‘it’s like a TV movie?’ Which Bret and myself being from the same TV generation, was not only understood, but there was no slam intended,” he continued. “Both Bret and myself come from the seventies and eighties when there were a lot of historically based TV movies: the King mini-series written by Abby Mann staring Paul Winfield; Crisis at Central High with Joanne Woodward. And Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys. These were great TV movies. I’d be honored to be placed next to those films. However, I haven’t seen it. Does it look like a seventies TV movie? Yes. Does it play like one, I don’t know, I haven’t seen it.”
Ellis, meanwhile, posted on Twitter after the interview was published online.
There was a time when people were fans and had opinions and could like things and dislike things and it was all OK. But those days are over.
— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) October 14, 2015
You can read Tarantino’s full Times interview here. His next film, The Hateful Eight, opens in limited release on Christmas Day before going into wide release in January.