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Despite being on the receiving end of very public backlash by U.S. police unions who have called for a boycott of his films, the director says he hasn’t been put off.
“Right now, [promoting The Hateful Eight] is my full-time job,” he told The Guardian. “But when this is over, I want to go further with this.”
Tarantino was still finishing the film – which comes out across the U.S. on Dec. 25 – when police organizations responded to his participation in the Rise Up October protests in New York against police brutality toward blacks and Latinos, where he spoke out as being “on the side of the murdered.”
“I was actually wrapping,” he said. “And this stuff is coming out every day, with the media capitalizing on it. I was like: ‘What the hell is going on?’ “
While Tarantino reiterated his stance that he doesn’t “feel like every cop is a killer,” he admitted he was taken aback by the threat from the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union, to The Hollywood Reporter that they had “something in the works” for the release of The Hateful Eight.
“The fact that they would overreact to such a degree, and single me out to such a degree, and then get so carried away that they literally get out over their skis, and actually are indulging in theoretical threats of a private citizen, no, I did not expect that at all,” he said.
But he said the response has actually worked out in his favor by helping put the issues at the center of the anti-police violence campaign in the spotlight.
“I actually felt kind of vindicated, at least by the people I wanted to be vindicated about. If they had just said: ‘Ah, Quentin’s an ass, he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about, he’s an out-of-touch celebrity, who gives a fuck what he says?’ I mean, that would have been that,” he said. “By them making such a big deal about it, the subject ended up being in the press and on television – and people had to start making their own minds up about it in a way that wasn’t happening before.”
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