Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Premiere Kicks Off Without Police Protest

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Monday night’s premiere of “The Hateful Eight” was expected to offer many flourishes, including a “road show” style overture, an intermission and – it had been rumored — a protest by police angered by director Quentin Tarantino’s statements about law enforcement violence.

As screening time approached at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, though, the only cops in sight were four uniformed (but off duty) LAPD officers providing security. A couple of them evinced no interest in the complaints about Tarantino. After six weeks of jousting via media, a showdown between Tarantino and police appeared to have fizzled, at least for now.

That left Tarantino and his team an open forum to talk about his three-hour-plus Western and what he hopes will be a return of “event” films. Richard Gladstein, one of the producers on the film, said he thought audiences were ready for the 70mm presentation, with intermission that will greet audiences at select theaters.

Tarantino did not comment on the police controversy but Gladstein said he did not think it would impact the movie. “Quentin spoke from his heart about how he felt about certain injustices,” Gladstein said. “The only logical response to that is applause.”

Tarantino had said before the premiere that he was prepared for picketing or some other attempt to police unions to “embarrass” him. He called such demonstrations within the officers rights, but he said that some of the reaction might have been based on the press or union leaders misconstruing what he said.

Tarantino’s trouble with the union groups began in late October at a Brooklyn rally against excessive force by law enforcement. In brief remarks at the protest, the director described himself as “a human being with a conscience,” adding: “And when I see murder I cannot stand by, and I have to call the murdered the murdered and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”

Although he did not say all cops were killers, that was the way many in the media interpreted his remarks. A furor erupted, with multiple police organizations berating the filmmaker and saying they would boycott “The Hateful Eight.”

Tarantino emphasized that when he talked about murder he was referring to specific instances in which unarmed individuals, usually African-American, where shot and killed. “All cops are not murderers,” Tarantino told Los Angeles Times. “I never said that. I never even implied that.”

As recently as last weekend, he remained unapologetic about his comments and said he expected picketing at early showings of “The Hateful Eight.” He explained that reactions to the police naturally differ from neighborhood to neighborhood. He said that when he sees a cop driving around his Hollywood Hills neighborhood, “I actually assume that he has my best interest at heart, and he has the best interest in my property at heart.” Tarantino said that people in Pasadena, Glendale and some other neighborhoods might have the same reaction. But in South Los Angeles and Inglewood, citizens have a more critical reaction to the police, after years of feeling they have taken the brunt of law enforcement actions, the director said.

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  1. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    Who’s the hot actress???

  2. SPIKE says:

    looks like tarantino’s living dissipated life. he looks like hell. well, that’s what you get for making bloody movies. karmic retribution

  3. OldUncleTomJackson says:

    It’s funny that so many piggies get upset when a video clerk opens his big yapper.

  4. Mary says:

    Once Again Hollywood plays the “victim”. Poor you Mr. Tarentino, you were just “speaking your mind of the injustices”. When there is so many to choose from, you choose to bash cops? Well, pay the price. Which is probably nothing, just your own misery. People will still go watch your violent movies and Cops still have to try and clean up the mess on the streets. To protect people like you. Go home to your million dollar estate when they have to go to their medium income home or apartment because they don’t make enough to buy a home. Ya, Mr. Tarentino, poor you.

    • therealeverton says:

      He IS the victim. See here you are accusing him of doing something he never did #He didn’t bash cops,he criticised very specific, and blatant, incidents. Having a go at a few individuals is NOT having a go at ALL cops.

      • Mary says:

        Then I guess it’s a play on words, and we are both going to hear it different. It wasn’t “clear” to me so therein lies our difference. I look at actions more than I listen to words. People can say whatever they want but what they do is what makes them who they are. I hope all this nonsense in the headlines stops separating us. It’s hurting this country. And he should be part of the solution not part of the problem.

      • therealeverton says:

        No he didn’t, the statement was exactly the same. All he did later was query how anyone could take a comment that says I murder is murder and murderers are murderers to mean ALL people of a certain group are murderers. He never said ALL and he never implied it, it is very, VERY clear if you see what he ACTUALLY said he is talking about the cases at and. It’s alike saying all double amputees are murderers because Oscar Pistorious is, it’s nonsense drummed up to make a better headline and distract from the actual reality.

      • Mary says:

        No, he did do it “therealeverton”. He changed his statement later on. Saying “What I Meant to say…”. It’s Too late, he said it and His actions show he doesn’t like cops because He protested, publically, in a march against cops. ALL cops. What is there to argue about?

  5. Hollywood Idiot of the Day says:

    ‘s alrite. When the chump gets jacked in his car or his house, we’ll see if he:
    1. Dials an ACLU/SPLC lawyer
    2. Dials 911 for those evil cops

  6. nelly2004 says:

    police are not going to protest outside a theatre; they are too busy; they just won’t pay to see the movie and neither will a lot of other
    tarantino’s violent crap serves no one but him and hollywood
    and yes violence in film fosters violence- no doubt about it

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  8. Mirror Darkly says:

    3 hours. Sounds a tad self indulgent — that said, if it looked as good as THE REVENANT, that’d be a different story.

  9. Ted says:

    Not surprising police in LA don’t care and others don’t care enough to organize. Doubt we’ll see protests on Christmas vacation.

  10. Joe says:

    He should protest street violence. He and a bunch of protestors should go to the inner city of Chicago and demand the gang members give up their guns. Let’s see how long he would last.

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