According to Quentin Tarantino, one of the scenes in his new film Django Unchained was inspired by director John Ford, but don't get it twisted - that doesn't mean he likes him.
In a new interview with The Root, Tarantino explained how he came up with what is likely one of the best scenes in Django Unchained: It's based off the story told by Ford himself, about how he played one of the Klansmen on a horse in The Birth of a Nation back in 1915 - the one that can be seen in the film being forced to hold his hood up so he can see through the eyeholes while he's riding.
"As I'm writing this - and he rode hard, and I'm sure the Klan hood was moving all over his head as he was riding and he was riding blind - I'm thinking, wow," he explained. "That probably was the case. How come no one's ever thought of that before? Five years later, I'm writing the scene and all of a sudden it comes out."
As for his disdain towards Ford, Tarantino had a lot to say about that as well. Specifically:
"Yeah, it's actually funny. One of my American Western heroes is not John Ford, obviously. To say the least, I hate him. Forget about faceless Indians he killed like zombies. It really is people like that that kept alive this idea of Anglo-Saxon humanity compared to everybody else's humanity -- and the idea that that's hogwash is a very new idea in relative terms. And you can see it in the cinema in the '30s and '40s -- it's still there. And even in the '50s."
Both Ford and Tarantino do have something in common though: Both are extremely controversial filmmakers. Just last week, Spike Lee criticized Django Unchained for its depiction of slavery, and announced that he wouldn't see it, because he felt it would be disrespectful to his ancestors.