‘Hateful Eight’ Star Kurt Russell Rebukes Tarantino, Expresses ‘Tremendous Respect’ for Cops

During an appearance at this weekend’s Hollywood Film Awards, “Hateful Eight” star Kurt Russell was pressed on director Quentin Tarantino’s anti-cop rhetoric at a recent anti-police hate rally in New York. Russell not only expressed his support for the police, he said of Tarantino’s comments specifically, “You don’t have to agree every time with everybody to like working together.”

The Associated Press buries the lede:

Another hot-button honoree Sunday was Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” Police associations have urged boycotts of Tarantino’s movies after the filmmaker said he was “on the side of the murdered” during a recent rally against police brutality in New York.

“We all have a tremendous respect for what police do every day, putting their lives on the line, OK? And I know Quentin feels that way too,” said Kurt Russell, who stars in Tarantino’s Western, out December.

“Now when it comes to his comments on policemen that’s his to comment on,” continued Russell. “You don’t have to agree every time with everybody to like working together.”

The exploding boycott against The Weinstein Company’s “Hateful Eight” appears to have overshadowed what should have been a big public relations victory after the film won Best Ensemble.  After the award show ended, TMZ grabbed this video.

 

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