Tarantino gets angry over film violence blame for Newtown shootings

Director annoyed during radio interview for Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino has called suggestions that film violence may be a factor in shootings such as the recent massacre in Newtown 'disrespectful'.

In a radio interview with NPR, he became irritated with question over whether he still enjoyed violent films following the tragedy, in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman.

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Tarantino... movie violence and real-life violence not related (Copyright: Rex)

“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,” he told radio host Terry Gross.

“I'm really annoyed. I think it's disrespectful. I think it's disrespectful to their memory ... of the people who died to talk about movies.

“I think it's totally disrespectful to their memory. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health.”

The 'Django Unchained' premiere was cancelled last month following the massacre.

Debate has raged over whether violent imagery in film and television has any relationship with real-life violence.

Movie and TV stars including Jamie Foxx, the star of Tarantino's latest 'Django Unchained', Jennifer Aniston, Julianne Moore, Chris Rock, Gwyneth Paltrow and Will Ferrell lined up to produce the 'Demand A Plan' video in the hope of bringing gun reform to the US.

But a second viral has now emerged online accusing the first of hypocrisy, splicing images of each of the stars appearing in the 'Demand A Plan' video with images of them using guns onscreen.