Quentin Tarantino Shut Down Movie Geeks: ‘My Opinion Is Everything’
Young Quentin Tarantino didn’t give a damn: in his 1994 documentary, the iconic director slammed down movie geeks and shared how little he cared for their opinions.
Today, we cherish Quentin Tarantino as the absolutely unique and unmatched movie director that he is. The icon of the industry has a no-miss track record of brilliant and universally loved movies to show for decades in Hollywood, and his opinion is valued far above your average moviemaker’s when it comes to this craft.
However, Quentin Tarantino himself always knew that he was far above the average — and he wasn’t afraid to show it to the world. Even on camera!
In the director’s 1994 documentary Hollywood’s Boy Wonder which showed the behind-the-scenes creation of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, the director addressed the so-called movie geeks issue. Despite not being nearly as acclaimed and respected as he is today, Tarantino didn’t shy away from using strong words.
“The thing about film geeks…they devote a lot of time, they devote a lot of money, and they devote a lot of life to the following of film. But they don’t have that much to show for all this devotion other than a movie poster collection, or a still collection. The one thing they do have to definitely show for it, is they have their opinion,” Tarantino pressed.
Even in 1994, the director wasn’t the one to tolerate a barrage of opinions from people who only saw movies in theaters. He, too, was a proud film geek — but, unlike the others, he was a director, too! So he was sure he always knew better.
“But what you find out fairly quickly in Hollywood is this is a community where hardly anybody trusts their own opinion. People want people to tell them what is good, what to like, what not to like. Now here I come, I am a film geek, and my opinion is everything. Alright, you can all disagree with me, I don’t care. Alright, I know I am right, as far as I’m concerned,” the director stated.
Considering the overwhelming success of all Quentin Tarantino’s movies that followed this bold statement, it’s safe to say that, despite sounding a bit arrogant, the director was right about his judgment. He did, in fact, know better than anyone else.
But wasn’t there a way to say that without offending his fellow film geeks? It hurt!
Source: David's Movie Corner via YouTube