Quentin Tarantino gets star on Hollywood Walk Fame: No police protests or anti-Tarantino rally
Quentin Tarantino, who has been making movies for nearly a quarter of a century, has finally gotten his own personal star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A prime location, too: it can be photographed and/or stepped on right in front of the Chinese Theatre. Tarantino’s star-unveiling ceremony took place on Monday, Dec. 21, ’15, with several cast members of his latest movie, The Hateful Eight, in attendance.
Now, why is this “news”?
Back in October, the Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Django Unchained filmmaker dared to attend an anti-police brutality rally in New York City – days after a local police officer had been killed while pursuing a suspected thief. While marching with the protesters, he declared “I’m a human being with a conscience. If you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”
Threats and intimidation
That remark didn’t go over well with U.S. law enforcement, which so far in 2015 has killed 1,017 people according to The Guardian. (Ironically, you need a major British publication to track U.S. police killings, as apparently no major American publication finds the task to be important enough.) That U.S. figure is only surpassed by killings at the hands of Brazilian cops: more than 11,000 over a five-year period (2009–2013).
As a consequence of Tarantino’s statement, which some chose to interpret as “anti-police,” police unions in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, in addition to the national Fraternal Order of Police, called for a boycott of The Hateful Eight. FOP director Jim Pasco went further, publicly – and ominously – warning Tarantino that “there’s a surprise” in store for him.
“Something is in the works, but the element of surprise is the most important element,” Pasco affirmed. “Something could happen anytime between now and [The Hateful Eight premiere on Christmas Day]. And a lot of it is going to be driven by Tarantino, who is nothing if not predictable.
“The right time and place will come up and we’ll try to hurt him in the only way that seems to matter to him, and that’s economically.”
How exactly Tarantino could be hurt “economically” before the opening of his film remained unclear.
First Amendment rights
In November, Quentin Tarantino told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes:
“I was under the impression I was an American and that I had First Amendment rights, and there was no problem with me going to an anti-police-brutality protest and speaking my mind. Just because I was at an anti-police-brutality protest doesn’t mean I’m anti-police.”
He added that U.S. police “would rather start arguments with celebrities than examine the concerns put before them by a citizenry that has lost trust in them.”
See also: “Grand Jury Declines to Indict Anyone in Death of Sandra Bland” and “‘War on Cops’ Debunked: Police Killings Lower Since Last Year, in Steady Decline for 3 Decades.”
Quentin Tarantino vs. Mickey Mouse
Besides threats and intimidation coming from leaders of the to-protect-and-to-serve crowd, Quentin Tarantino stirred things up some more after complaining on the Howard Stern Show that the Walt Disney Company’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the biggest blockbuster since the unveiling of Cheops’ pyramid, will be hogging Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome well into 2016.
That’s where, according to him (“It’s vindictive, it’s mean, and it’s extortion”), The Hateful Eight was to have been screened. That’s also where the film had its official premiere earlier this month.
Curiously, the Quentin Tarantino vs. Mickey Mouse (and Luke Skywalker) story died down about as abruptly as it erupted a week or so ago. So, was Tarantino right? Or was he just being hateful? As per online rumors, we’ll know the answer when Star Wars: Episode VIII comes out.
‘The Hateful Eight’ cast
The perfect Christmas movie, The Hateful Eight opens on Dec. 25. In the cast (some of whom were present at the Hollywood Walk Fame ceremony):
Jennifer Jason Leigh. Channing Tatum. Kurt Russell. Walton Goggins. Zoë Bell. Demián Bichir. Tim Roth. Michael Madsen. Dana Gourier.
Lee Horsley. James Sparks. Samuel L. Jackson. Gene Jones. Craig Stark. Keith Jefferson. Bruce Del Castillo. Belinda Owino.
Quentin Tarantino himself is credited for The Hateful Eight screenplay, which was leaked at one point, leading to furious declarations that the movie would never get made, etc. And now, out it comes…
Image of Quentin Tarantino at Hollywood Walk of Fame star-unveiling ceremony: Variety‘s Twitter page.
Jennifer Jason Leigh The Hateful Eight image: The Weinstein Company.