Quentin Tarantino received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, ahead of the release of his new film, The Hateful Eight. Frequent collaborator Samuel L. Jackson spoke during the ceremony, saying “We go to movies to be happy.” He noted that while Tarantino sneaks a message here and there into his films, “Quentin is all about the business of movies as entertainment.”
Of course, Tarantino’s recent messages about police brutality began a war of words as police unions around the country denounced his remarks about the institutionalized protection of cops accused of brutality and murder. At one point, he was told to expect a “surprise” by Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police.
But during the ceremony, he kept his comments light. He recalled the first time he came to Hollywood’s Chinese Theater to see Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 and a visit the subsequent year. Following a screening of Airport in 1970, he and his family took a walk down Hollywood Boulevard, which he said was “a little different” from the tourist destination of today. As he remembered it “the night people took over,” scaring the eight-year-old Tarantino.
His star sits under one of the marquees at the Chinese Theater, a placement he did not expect. “I must’ve become a big shot,” he joked.
The Hateful Eight opens in limited release on Christmas Day before going wide on December 31st.