By Ariel Scotti / May 22, 2019

Quentin Tarantino Snapped at Reporter Who Criticized His Treatment of Female Actors

"I reject your hypothesis," Tarantino shot back

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino faced criticism at a Cannes press conference. (Franziska Krug/ Getty)

Director Quentin Tarantino took severe umbrage with a reporter at a Cannes press conference who seemed to criticize his treatment of women in his films.

“I reject your hypothesis,” Tarantino snapped when the journalist asked why Margot Robbie had so few lines in his upcoming drama, Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood, The Guardian reported. Robbie plays Sharon Tate, the actor and wife of disgraced director Roman Polanski, who was murdered by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969.

When another reporter asked Tarantino if he had any hesitations about portraying real-life figures like Tate in his work, the director responded with a quick, short “No.” He also refused to address the violence shown against women in his film out of concern that it would spoil the movie for audiences. “I can’t really address that,” he said.

Tarantino was, however, willing to speak about Polanski, declaring himself a fan of the Polish director’s movies.

“I’ve met him a couple of times,” Tarantino said. “I’m a fan of Roman Polanski’s work, particularly Rosemary’s Baby. I like that a lot.”

In Tarantino’s defense, Robbie explained that she had so few lines in the new movie because, “the moments on screen show those wonderful sides of [Sharon Tate that] could be adequately done without speaking.”

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