After previously speaking out against an upcoming film about the infamous Manson Family killings, the sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate is now expressing her support for the movie, to be directed by controversial auteur Quentin Tarantino.
Debra Tate says that a discussion with Tarantino himself changed her opinion of the project, titled "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood," as did his decision to move the film's release date so as not to directly coincide with the anniversary of the murder.
“I’m pleased he reached out,” Debra told People. “I thought it showed a lot of class and sensitivity to move up the release date.”
“He has done nothing but respect me and be very forthcoming. I have very high hopes for this project,” she continued.
In March of 2018, Debra described the film as “irresponsible” because she had not been contacted as a consultant.
"I own Sharon’s licensing so that I can help protect the way she’s viewed through the public’s eyes. ... These people are taking horrific situations and making them even more graphic than they were without any concern for the living victims of these crimes and I think that’s horrible and crass,” she explained at the time, according to People.
Debra has similarly spoken out against Tarantino's potential casting choices for the movie, describing Jennifer Lawrence as "not pretty enough" to play Sharon, according to TMZ.
Debra had also been critical of an adjacent film project titled "The Haunting of Sharon Tate" which is set to explore the alleged supernatural elements of the killing.
Tarantino's upcoming film has been a source of controversy since its inception, especially following his defense of director Roman Polanski, for which he later apologized, according to Indiewire. Tarantino also become the subject of scrutiny following accusations about the working conditions on the film "Kill Bill" from the movie's star, Uma Thurman.
[Photo: Debra Tate by Steve Zak / Getty Images]
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