Maverick director Quentin Tarantino has slammed reports he purposely avoided onscreen nudity in his Kill Bill films because of the current political climate in America.

The 41-year-old filmmaker insists he opted against showing naked flesh in the ultra-violent movies because it would have lessened the impact of the strong female characters, played by Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu and Daryl Hannah.

Tarantino says, "I like seeing beautiful girls' skin as well as any other pervert. But that wasn't this movie.

"I didn't want to sexualise the girls to that extent because I wanted them to be empowering to women and not eye candy for guys."

22/06/2004 15:17