Would you hang out with Quentin Tarantino? Over a 4 hour dinner? I would. I would LOVE TO. Because, really, he has no filter. Sometimes he’s right. Sometimes he’s very, very wrong. (Like the entire Aaron Sorkin section.) Sometimes he’s sucking himself off. But he’s always talking. Truth-talking, sh-t talking, all talking, and never boring.
This new interview with Vulture is…
I mean all interviews should be a Quentin Tarantino interview. He ends it like this:
“If you want to give me credit (for pop culture dialogue in movies), I’ll wear it, but I’m not going to take it. I’m not that presumptuous. There’s a little part of me that thinks everything is influenced by me, but that’s just my own megalomania.”
But you’ll note that 10 minutes before that he drops in a reference about “faux-Quentin dialogue” while discussing The Shield. So… no, he won’t take credit, but he’ll point out the existence of his pretenders. And then, when discussing actors, like Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, he gives us this:
“Now it’s all about my characters. I actually think my characters are going to be one of my biggest legacies after I’m gone. So I have no obligation whatsoever other than to just cast it right. I did a Nightline interview with some dingbat. It was me, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jamie Foxx, and they were asking about stuff like that. I go, “Look, I like these guys, but I love my characters. Their job is to say my dialogue.”
Can you imagine him working with Ryan Gosling and his motivation? Yo, Notebook. Just say the f-cking dialogue. Would you just say the f-cking dialogue?
God that’s good. The entire piece is sooooo good. So I don’t want to spoil it for you. Except I can’t not highlight two sections. First, when Tarantino is discussing the kinds of movies that get nominated for awards vs the kinds of movies that people will remember in 30 years. For him, American Hustle and The Fighter will last a lot longer than Philomena and Notes On A Scandal. Basically he has no time for Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett:
“Half of these Cate Blanchett movies — they’re all just like these arty things. I’m not saying they’re bad movies, but I don’t think most of them have a shelf life.”
Like I said, you don’t have to agree with him. I don’t agree with him. At the same time, few people are willing to go on record like he does and throw down what he really means. And evidently what he means is that David O Russell is doing great work. That brings me to one of the funniest parts of this interview – when Tarantino compares David O Russell’s The Fighter to Ben Affleck’s The Town. And the difference between them?
“I think he’s the best actor’s director, along with myself, working in movies today. And The Fighter had impeccable casting. As an example, I really liked The Town, which also came out in 2010. It was a good crime film. However, next to The Fighter, it just couldn’t hold up, because everybody in The Town is beyond gorgeous. Ben Affleck is the one who gets away with it, because his Boston accent is so good. But the crook is absolutely gorgeous. The bank teller is absolutely gorgeous. The FBI guy is absolutely gorgeous. The town whore, Blake Lively, is absolutely gorgeous. Jeremy Renner is the least gorgeous guy, and he’s pretty f-cking good-looking. Then, if you look at The Fighter, and you look at those sisters, they’re just so magnificent. When you see David O. Russell cast those sisters, and you see Ben Affleck cast Blake Lively, you can’t compare the two movies. One just shows how phony the other is.”
Translation: Ben Affleck is a lightweight in the director category because he only wanted to make out with a hot girl in his movie.
OK, but if Tarantino was playing the lead in his movies, would he still cast “those sisters” or, if a Blake Lively was available to him, would he have gone the same way as well?
Click here to read the entire interview. Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, opens at Christmas.