Quentin Tarantino Likes President Obama's 'Doesn't-Give-a-Sh*t Attitude'

by Raphael Chestang 3:19 PM PDT, August 24, 2015
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Director Quentin Tarantino doesn't talk a lot about politics, but he didn't mince words when it came to the current commander in chief.

"I think [President Barack Obama] is fantastic," the Oscar winner told Vulture. "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."

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Obama's recent victories have included health care reform, the legalization of same-sex marriage and the passing of his trade legislation, which gives the president enhanced power to negotiate trade pacts.

"His he-doesn't-give-a-sh*t attitude has just been so cool," Tarantino continued. "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."

In 2008, Tarantino was spotted at a fundraiser for the future POTUS and, according to MSNBC, Tarantino reportedly donated to Obama's campaign during the 2012 election.

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Tarantino is currently promoting his upcoming Western, The Hateful Eight. Set in post-Civil War Wyoming, the film follows eight strangers who are stranded together due to a blizzard, only to discover they are mixed up in a deadly plot of deception and betrayal.

The setting is reminiscent of another classic Western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but with one major distinction.

"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly doesn't get into the racial conflicts of the Civil War; it's just a thing that's happening," Tarantino said. "My movie is about the country being torn apart by it, and the racial aftermath, six, seven, eight, ten years later."

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The director addressed the timeliness of the film in light of the "Black Lives Matter" movement, but Tarantino insisted that any reflection of zeitgeist was not intentional.

"It was already in the script. It was already in the footage we shot. It just happens to be timely right now," Tarantino said. "We're not trying to make it timely. It is timely."

The Hateful Eight, starring Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson, opens Christmas Day.