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

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist January 2, 2013 at 5:43PM

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.
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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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