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Talking about Sandy Hook tragedy in context of Hollywood gun culture is disrespectful, insists Django Unchained director

The film director Quentin Tarantino has dismissed suggestions that film violence contributes to real-life killings.

Following the December release of Django Unchained, his blood-soaked spaghetti western homage, Tarantino has been drawn unwillingly into the debate over gun violence in the wake of last month's Newtown massacre.

Asked on Us radio network NPR whether his enjoyment of violent films had diminished following the killings at a Connecticut elementary school on 14 December, he replied: "Would I watch a kung fu movie three days after the Sandy Hook massacre? Would I watch a kung fu movie? Maybe, 'cause they have nothing to do with each other."

When interviewer Terry Gross suggested the film-maker sounded annoyed, Tarantino said: "I'm really annoyed. I think it's disrespectful. I think it's disrespectful to their memory, the memory of the people who died, »

- Ben Child

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