Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie starrer Once Upon a Time in Hollywood made its debut premiere at the Cannes Film Festival happening right now at the French Riviera. The movie revolves around fictional movie star Rick Dalton, played by DiCaprio, and his loyal stuntment Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt. It is the journey of these two’s attempts to move from the world of television to moviemaking business in Hollywood in the golden age of 1969.
During this period, Rick literally lives next door to Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski’s Cielo Drive home in Los Angeles – the same house where Tate was murdered while she was eight months pregnant.
Th model-turned-actress was murdered along with three others when four members the Charles Manson cult invaded the married couple’s rented house. Polanski was shooting a film in Europe when the killings happened. Robbie is playing Tate in the days leading up to her 1969 murder.
When the cast joined Quentin Tarantino for a press call at the Cannes Film Festival, fans and journalists had a chance to probe the character’s storyline. The obvious question was whether Tarantino had consulted with fellow filmmaker Polanski on the scenes involving his wife. “No, I didn’t,” replied the director helping Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Journalists further asked him to elaborate his relationship with Polanski, who has been residing in Europe since fleeing United States after pleading guilty to statutory rape in 1977. “I’ve met him a couple of times. I don’t really talk about him as the greatest director but as the hottest, at that time. It’s almost unfathomable to think of how much Rosemary’s Baby made in its day. It was common for a film to make $8 million. It made like $35 million.”
He added: “I’m a fan of Roman Polanski’s work, but particularly Rosemary’s Baby. I like it a lot.”
In official press notes for the movie, Tarantino shied away from portraying the film as Polanski-centric and focused on the inherent tension between various characters and social strata in the film.
“In this town, these people can all exist right next to each other,” said Tarantino in the press notes. “The idea of exploring that time, and that era of Los Angeles, and that era of Hollywood, with these different strata – that’s what attracted me.”