German Reporter Apologizes for Misquoting Ennio Morricone in Playboy Interview

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Marcel Anders said he made a "terrible mistake" by including "incorrect" quotes in which Morricone trashed his 'Hateful Eight' director Quentin Tarantino.

Marcel Anders, the reporter behind the controversial Playboy interview with Ennio Morricone in which the Oscar-winning film composer was quoted as calling director Quentin Tarantino a “cretin” and his films “trash,” said he made a “terrible mistake” and misquoted Morricone.

Anders, who interviewed Morricone at his home in Rome over the summer, on Wednesday released a statement. "I sincerely apologize to the Maestro (Morricone) and everybody involved," it reads. "I should have stuck to the original interview conducted in Rome and not have added anything that is incorrect. That was a terrible mistake to do. Please accept my apology. Yours sincerely, Marcel Anders.”

Anders' interview, which was published in the December edition of Playboy magazine in Germany, presented Morricone as sharply critical of Tarantino, comparing him unfavorably to filmmakers like John Huston and Alfred Hitchcock, criticizing his working style and calling him uninteresting and unoriginal.

Morricone immediately denied making the comments and threatened to sue Playboy.

Playboy Germany initially defended Anders and the interview but quickly acknowledged that, unbeknownst to them, Anders misquoted Morricone.

“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,” said Playboy Germany editor-in-chief Florian Boitin in a statement posted on the publication's website. “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."

Anders is an established and well-regarded music journalist in Germany. Semmel Concerts, the group that organizes Morricone's live concert events in Germany, invited Anders to interview the composer for German public radio.

The radio report, which did not include any controversial statements, was broadcast without incident.