Quentin Tarantino raves about President Obama's 'take no prisoners' attitude

Quentin Tarantino
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Vulture has gifted us with the most Quentin Tarantino-y Quentin Tarantino interview of all time: The famously crotchety and exacting director goes as far as to enthuse that he's "not committing suicide yet" over his newest film, The Hateful Eight, which is due out in December. But when Vulture took a break from all the movie business to check in on Tarantino's feelings about Obama — to whom Tarantino donated $5,000 back in 2012 — the controversial director cut the jokes to do a full-on rave:

You supported Obama. How do you think he’s done?I think he’s fantastic. He’s my favorite president, hands down, of my lifetime. He’s been awesome this past year. Especially the rapid, one-after-another-after-another-after-another aspect of it. It’s almost like take no prisoners. His he-doesn’t-give-a-shit attitude has just been so cool. Everyone always talks about these lame-duck presidents. I’ve never seen anybody end with this kind of ending. All the people who supported him along the way that questioned this or that and the other? All of their questions are being answered now.

All that from a guy Michael Moore once described as being "not a political person!" However, the apathetic days are over for Tarantino, apparently, as he promises The Hateful Eight will be nothing if not timely:

How did what’s happening in Baltimore and Ferguson find its way into The Hateful Eight?It was already in the script. It was already in the footage we shot. It just happens to be timely right now. We’re not trying to make it timely. It is timely. I love the fact that people are talking and dealing with the institutional racism that has existed in this country and been ignored. I feel like it’s another ’60s moment, where the people themselves had to expose how ugly they were before things could change. I’m hopeful that that’s happening now.

Can't wait five more months to see what he means? Whet your appetite with the trailer, here.

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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at TheWeek.com. She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.