The Django Unchained director spoke at a press conference in New York a day after Friday’s Connecticut massacre
In the wake of Friday’s shootings at a school in Connecticut which left 26 dead, arts events across America were cancelled.
But director of ultra-violent film Django Unchained went ahead with a press junket on Saturday, and went on to remark that he is tired of defending his films every time American is rocked by gun violence.
Speaking in New York Quentin Tarantino said: “I just think you know there’s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers. It’s a western. Give me a break.”
The Oscar-nominated director of Inglourious Basterds and the Palme d’Or winning Pulp Fiction, said blame for violence should remain squarely with the perpetrators.
At the weekend both the Jack Reacher andParental Guidance film premieres were cancelled in response to Friday’s massacre.
Reacher, which stars Tom Cruise, features a sniper attack. A spokesman for Paramount Pictures said: “Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and out of honour and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing the Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher. Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones.”