Golden Globes 2020: Quentin Tarantino Talks Casting for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Dealing with the Tate Family and His Upcoming Films

Golden Globes 2020: Quentin Tarantino Talks Casting for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Dealing with the Tate Family and His Upcoming Films

Quentin Tarantino shed light on why he decided to go ahead with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio and how he dealt with Sharon Tate’s family

The 77th Golden Globes took place in Los Angeles last night as many flocked to their TV screens to find out who won and who didn’t make the cut. One of the biggest contenders for the Best Film this time was Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. While it didn’t take the Golden Globe for the Best Film, the filmmaker did win the Best Screenplay for his last release. During a backstage speech at the ceremony, the director also answered a couple of questions by the reporters.

Tarantino first spoke about casting Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He said, “Brad and Leo were definitely the people that I had in my fevered dream about who would be fantastic to do these characters, but I couldn’t count on getting those guys – that’s the crazy casting coup of the decade. But at the same time, it was dependent since one actor is playing the stunt double of the other. They had to go together. You had to believe that one guy could double the other person so I had to come up with a few different examples of different actors who could do that but because of that I kind of needed to cast Rick Dalton first. Because once I cast Dalton, then I would know who I would need for Cliff Booth. So that was kind of how the way it all worked out – and it worked out in the best way it could possibly work out.”

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

He then went ahead to talk about his experience with the Tate family considering the film revolved around Sharon Tate as well. Tarantino continued, “I got Deborah Tate’s phone number and I gave her a call and we talked on the phone and she lives out by Santa Barbara and I drove out and had a great lunch with her. I talked to her about the movie without trying to spoil everything and to tell her where I was coming from and what it meant to write the movie, how I felt that I got to know her sister from writing it. Then I had dinner with her and asked her questions because I had done the research but now I was talking to someone who really knows so I could ask her specific questions. And then I gave her the script to read – no one else was given the script to read to take home, except Deborah. So the entire idea was just to let her know where I was coming from and that I wasn’t trying to be exploitive and that I wanted to make her sister a character and for too long she has been excluded as a character in her own story. And it’s one of the things in the story that I am proudest of. Look at it like a 20/20 piece on the Manson family, but watch it knowing who Sharon Tate is as a person. Not just a celebrity who died, not just a famous victim. You’ll burst into tears watching the specials that we all grew up watching because Sharon is taken seriously in a profound way.”

Lastly, Tarantino also confirmed that there will be no more films after his 10th one. He concluded, “I like the idea of a 10-film filmography, especially one where I’ve spent the last 30 years in the world I have to it and then dropping the mic, and saying okay that’s it. There are other things to do, I can write plays, I can direct plays, I could do a TV show but the filmography will stand. There is an umbilical cord link from the 10th film to Reservoir Dogs so there is this artistic intention that carried from the beginning all the way through the end and I think that’s kind of really cool. Now I like the idea of being more of a writer.”

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By Shaheera Anwar
A multimedia journalist who keeps a keen eye on the latest happenings in the world of entertainment and often writes reviews along with opinion pieces on some of the most-talked-about debates