Yesterday, we reported on the news that hit over the weekend revolving around music legend Ennio Morricone. Playboy Germany claimed that the composer had made some pretty harsh claims about auteur Quentin Tarantino, who Morricone has actually worked with in the past with 2016’s Hateful Eight.
“The man (Tarantino) is a cretin,” a rough translation read of Morricone’s supposed interview with Playboy read. “He only steals from others and puts stuff back together again. There’s nothing original about that. That doesn’t make him a director. He is nothing compared with the Hollywood greats, such as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock or Billy Wilder. They had class. Tarantino simply recooks old dishes.”
Morricone went on to claim these statements were false, and that he didn’t remember the interview with Playboy. Playboy recently went on to back up their claims of the interview earlier this week, but it looks like they’re singing a different tune now, as Variety reports.
“Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist,” German Playboy editor-in-chief Florian Boitin said in a statement. “In the past, we have had no reason to doubt his journalistic integrity and skills. Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly.
“We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light. We are working to clarify this matter and are exploring legal measures.“
The lesson here: don’t make stuff up. While we don’t have the full story yet, it does look like whoever their freelance writer may have fabricated their interaction. But just how badly was it fabricated? That remains to be seen.
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