When you hear the name “Quentin Tarantino,” we’re guessing that the word “comedy” probably doesn’t immediately spring to mind. Of course, the famous director’s filmography does have some humorous moments; Brad Pitt’s undercover operation in Inglorious Basterds, Christopher Walken giving a small child a butt-watch in Pulp Fiction, and the time Tarantino did his “drunk co-worker at a 1980s office party showing off his Crocodile Dundee impression before immediately passing out” accent in Django Unchained.

Also, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Tarantino once hosted Saturday Night Live, which included an opening monologue musical performance far more gruesome than any death scene he ever filmed. 

Now the guy behind Once Upon a Time in Hollywood apparently “wants to make a comedy.” Tarantino has an idea for something which won’t be his next movie -- which likely won’t end up being that R-rated Star Trek sequel (presumably set on the Planet of the Barefoot People) either. While accepting an award at the Rome film festival, Tarantino claimed that he wants to make a wacky Spaghetti Western in which the comedy is largely derived from racially tone-deaf casting. According to Tarantino: “the Mexican bandido is an Italian; the hero is an American; the bad sheriff is a German; the Mexican saloon girl is Israeli.” And they’re all “speaking a different language.”

Which sounds … terrible? Yeah, it’s true that a lot of the classic Spaghetti Westerns cast white people in non-white roles, and the actors often spoke a variety of languages, but that seems like a terrible aspect of the genre to latch onto. And if it is intended as some kind of ironic critique of cinematic whitewashing, we would strongly recommend someone other than Quentin Tarantino for the job.

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