Just a few days ago the German publication of Playboy printed an explosive interview with Ennio Morricone where he not only trashed the Oscars but the man whose work allowed him to win his first award, Quentin Tarantino. But now the legendary Italian composer has claimed the interview was “false” and he is seeking legal action.

Morricone goes on to claim that he never gave an interview to the magazine and that he thinks fondly of his time working with Tarantino. “I have not given an interview to Playboy Germany and even more, I have never called Tarantino a cretin and certainly do not consider his films garbage,” he said in a statement to Variety. “I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.”

In a new statement on his website, the composer said: “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 our collaboration responsible for getting me an Oscar, which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgements of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film.”

So for the first time in a while, Playboy will have to explain itself rather than us explain it away.

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