Really, where to begin with this story?
Let's start with the initial interview. It claimed that Ennio Morricone described Quentin Tarantino as a cretin and said he would never work with him again. The interview, naturally, goes viral. Then, Ennio Morricone claims that he never gave the interview at all and says that he's going to sue. Playboy Germany counters, saying that they stand by the interview.
Today? Not so much. In a statement released to media, Playboy Germany's editor-in-chief Florian Boitin said that Marcel Anders, the person who supposedly conducted the interview, "reproduced" the words incorrectly. "Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist," said Boitin.
"In the past, we have had no reason to doubt his journalistic integrity and skills. Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly. We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light. We are working to clarify this matter and are exploring legal measures."
Morricone, who turned 90 last Saturday and is due to play the 3Arena on February 15th of next year, worked with Tarantino on 'The Hateful Eight' and previously used his work in 'Kill Bill: Vol.2' and 'Inglorious Basterds'. Morricone's disavowal of the interview was pretty unanimous. "I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit Tarantino for being one of the people responsible for getting me an Oscar, which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgments of my career."
Definitely not a 'cretin', so.