Ennio Morricone has launched a tirade of insults for his former work partner Quentin Tarantino, labelling the influential director as a “cretin” who “only steals from others and puts stuff back together again.”

The pair worked together on Tarantino’s take on the archetypal Western, where the legendary Italian composer created the score for 2015’s The Hateful Eight. It was the first western film Morricone had scored for 40 years and it brought him his only Academy award.

Despite this, in a newly published interview with Playboy Germany (via Variety), Morricone went on to criticise Tarantino for his “chaotic” working style – something which many have said before. “He talks without thinking, he does everything at the last minute. He has no idea,” Morricone moaned. “He calls up out of the blue and wants a complete score in just a few days. That’s not possible. It makes me so mad.”

Describing Tarantino he said he “only steals from others and puts stuff back together again. There’s nothing original about that. That doesn’t make him a director,” Morricone continued. “He is nothing compared with the Hollywood greats, such as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock or Billy Wilder. They had class. Tarantino simply recooks old dishes.”

He didn’t really like the Oscars either, Morricone said he “was in pain from sitting down for so long, on the plane and at the ceremony. If I looked happy it was because I knew I would soon be getting away from that boring ceremony.”

Possibly the grumpiest man in the world, but when you’re Ennio Morricone, you can get away with it.

[UPDATE] – Ennio Morricone denies “false” interview calling Quentin Tarantino a “cretin”

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