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Quentin Tarantino Says 'Prometheus' Was Kind Of Dumb; Explains Why 'Inglourious Basterds' Wasn't A Mini-Series

by Edward Davis
January 2, 2013 5:43 PM
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Keeping in line with the newly developing trend of Hollywood types calling out movies, the always talkative Quentin Tarantino has now weighed in on last summer's divisive sci-fi spectacle "Prometheus," and well, let's start with the good stuff.

The director recently stopped by "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," and about Ridley Scott's latest, he was positive at first. "On one had... it was actually kind of cool to see a big deal, serious science-fiction epic by a director like Ridley Scott," he said. "Overall the experience was pretty cool having seen it." However, that wasn't enough for him to overlook the problems the picture had.

"But there was also a lot of dumb stuff in it," Tarantino said with emphasis. "When it got to the point where they're on another planet and then a space cobra literally shows up, opens up its hood and the guy who's in charge of alien creatures goes, [adopts girlish dumb voice] 'Hey, little fella! How ya doin??' I was like, uhhhhh.... It's a space cobra!" And that's a sentiment many shared about the movie, that the characters often made horrifyingly dumb decisions.

But his appearance alongside Craig Ferguson wasn't all about trashing movies, he was there to talk "Django Unchained" of course, and he dipped into "Inglourious Basterds" which he originally envisioned in a different format. "I initially, for a while anyway, was thinking about doing 'Inglourious Basterds' that way, as a mini-series," he said. "I kinda even figured out how to tell the story in about a four to five hour way and even structure wise I kind of had broken it up... I had kind of worked it all out."

As you may have heard in the past, his friend Luc Besson, director of "La Femme Nikita" talked him out of it, perhaps appealing to his sense of vanity. "I was telling him about my idea, him and his producing partner. His producing partner was getting really into the idea, but Luc was kind of, 'Meh, I dunno.' So I asked him, 'Why?' And he goes, 'Well, you're one of the few directors that I actually like to leave the house and go see your movies at the theaters. And now you're telling me I'm going to have to wait years to do that? I'm a little disappointed.' And you know, sons a bitches, they say something... and then you can't unhear it," Tarantino explained. "And it was running around in my head. So I said, 'Let me try and turn this into a movie one more time.' "

"Django Unchained" is in theaters now, in case you forgot. Watch Tarantino and Ferguson chat below. [via /Film]

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  • Tony Jamieson | January 6, 2013 5:47 PMReply

    Prometheus like most sci-fi these days had good special effects (yaddah yaddah). Story line, the beginning, with the world seeding was good. There were some holes like Mr. Tarantino commented about. Like what was the reason behind their seeding, why try to kill us off etc etc. I give it 3 1/2 stars. Possibly a lot of the answers to the movie was left on the editer's floor. But the point here is, when is Mr. Tarantino going to do a sci-fi. Cause I know it's going to be kick a.. when he does. None of that time-line buffalo chip stuff either. The latest, "Looper" with Bruce Willis was really really good. Unexpected endings always are. But the time-line topic has been done to death. Nope to have Mr. Tarantino's signature on it, the sci-fi has to be psychologically disturbing/blood curdling scary matched with an alien or alien culture. The most scary instance is when the familiar becomes alien. Totally alien.

  • Alan B | January 6, 2013 7:33 PM

    Agreed. It doesn't matter what genre Tarantino tackles, you know he's going to have a fresh take on it.

  • SFlare | January 3, 2013 5:29 AMReply

    Nice try YOD. That's an excellent defense of PROMETHEUS. "Well, well... uh... The Dark Knight Rises was dumber." Sure buddy.

  • Yod | January 28, 2013 6:31 AM

    Are you still coming to this article to ramble on, Alan? Funny.

  • Alan B | January 11, 2013 5:11 AM

    "No, the other thing that pops into my head is how crazy you batman nerds are. Please, no more masacres from you guys, alright ... Who said anything about TDKR being the cause of real-life violence." Do you even read what you write? You have blamed a film for a real-life massacre just because you don't like the film ... on this very page. You clearly have no life experience, because no one can blame a film for a real-life massacre like the Colorado tragedy, or use said massacre as ammunition for film criticism. Again: don't use that tragedy just because you don't like a film. It's sick, and the fact that you try to pretend you didn't write it says a lot about your psychology.

  • Yod | January 7, 2013 9:46 PM

    Alan, what are you talking about? Who said anything about TDKR being the cause of real-life violence. In your rabid fanaticism of TDKR you seem to lose all ability to reason. You weren't one of the many batnerds to send death threats to reviewers, were you?

  • Alan B | January 7, 2013 2:13 AM

    Don't worry, buddy. I am not going to engage you any further. TDKR is a FILM, you have a different take on it, fine. If you want to argue that films CAUSE violence, then sure, go nuts. However, I dislike the idea that a film causes violence - just because you dislike said film. Biology, sociology, psychology: those factors are more important in a person's propensity towards violence than a film. I honestly couldn't care less what you have to say, considering you are willing to blame a film for a real-life tragedy, not the actual gunman ...

  • Yod | January 6, 2013 9:39 PM

    So bored, Alan, that you come back every day to see what else I write. At least I'm keeping you away from the school kids.

  • Alan | January 4, 2013 1:10 AM

    "nerds get offended." Nah, just bored with this nonsense ...

  • Yod | January 3, 2013 9:04 PM

    I don't defend Prometheus. I mean, I liked the movie but I don't care a bit if anyone else doesn't like it. I have no interest in defending it. I call it as I see it - nerds get offended.

  • Jen | January 2, 2013 10:05 PMReply

    Any hope of intelligence in Prometheus was lost when the chief scientist took off his hood in a unknown planet. It was plain stupid, nothing can save this lame excuse of movie.

  • Yod | January 2, 2013 9:20 PMReply

    Prometheus was kind of dumb but TDKR took dumb to a whole other level so I'm not sure why Prometheus gets a worse wrap than TDKR.

  • Yod | January 7, 2013 9:30 PM

    I don't joke about Bat nerds. Too many of you guys are scarily crazy.

  • Alan B | January 7, 2013 1:54 AM

    Don't joke about that real-life scenario. If you want to talk about the film, then write about the film, but - considering the amount of life that was lost and damaged on that day - I don't think there's anything particularly funny about it.

  • Yod | January 6, 2013 9:23 PM

    No, the other thing that pops into my head is how crazy you batman nerds are. Please, no more masacres from you guys, alright.

  • Alan | January 4, 2013 1:10 AM

    'TDKR sucks, TDKR sucks, TDKR sucks ...' Yeah, but it seems to be the ONLY thought that pops into your head, though.

  • Yod | January 3, 2013 9:01 PM

    Alan, it was just a thought that popped into my mind as I was reading the article so I typed it into the comments. Lighten up, man. The world hasn't just ended.

  • Alan | January 2, 2013 11:14 PM

    TDKR has nothing to do with this story. If you had anything interesting to say about that film, you would have said it already, but you are attempting to overcompensate with lame putdowns in a news piece about another film. Desperate much?

  • tristan eldritch | January 2, 2013 9:35 PM

    You're right. There were dumb (and sometimes just careless) elements in Prometheus, but TDKR was all dumb, all the time.

  • Ugh | January 2, 2013 8:30 PMReply

    Prometheus did have a lot of dumb stuff in it. A lot of really stupid "for convienence" actions... but when did The Playlist become all about gossip? Seriously, you're last 15 articles have pretty much been "This guy dissed that guy's work & this girl doesn't like that guy".

    You guys are better than that.

  • tristan eldritch | January 2, 2013 6:50 PMReply

    I love PROMETHEUS but what really frustrates me about the script is that the really dumb stuff in it would have been so easy to spot and fix. I mean, they could have put any character in charge of the surveillance "pups"; JUST NOT THE VERY CHARACTER WHO GETS EFFING LOST! It would have so easy to have the biologist get attacked and infected without that crazy, CABIN IN THE WOODS "You're so cute!" shit. I'll always be baffled as to how professionals working at that level made such blatant goofs.

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