QUENTIN TARANTINO

GQ (Australia) - - THE SOURCE -

GQ: How did you spend your time off be­tween Django Un­chained and The Hate­ful Eight? Quentin Tarantino: Usu­ally, when I’m done, I want to spend two months on my couch – I want to pretty much nail the door shut, fuck the phone and go to sleep when­ever. I have a com­pletely er­ratic sleep­ing sched­ule.

GQ: Leg­end has it you penned Pulp Fic­tion in Am­s­ter­dam with no phone. Are those the con­di­tions you need to write? QT: No, I don’t need to go any­where to write. It can be fun. I have a mo­bile phone and the only per­son who has the num­ber is my girl­friend. Be­cause I don’t need any­one to call as I’m walk­ing down the street or driv­ing from hill to dale. My land­line is my phone, and so I un­plug it, or I don’t lis­ten to it for a while. I’m good. I’ll play some of the mes­sages. I’ll hear them when they come in.

GQ: That doesn’t cause anx­i­ety?

QT: No, no. My prob­lem is the op­po­site. It causes me no anx­i­ety what­so­ever. A lot of peo­ple fgure that’s my prob­lem: I have no anx­i­ety about shut­ting the world out.

GQ: How does some­thing like The Hate­ful Eight emerge from that process? QT: I liked the idea of cre­at­ing a new pop-cul­ture, folk­loric-hero char­ac­ter that I cre­ated with Django, that I think’s gonna last for a long time. And I think as the gen­er­a­tions go on and ev­ery­thing, you know, my hope is it can be a rite of pas­sage for black fa­thers and their sons. Like, when are they old enough to watch Django Un­chained? And when they get old enough – 14 or 15 or some­thing like that – then maybe it’s some­thing that they do with their fa­thers, and it’s a cool thing.

GQ: Are you com­pet­i­tive as a di­rec­tor? QT: I’m not com­pet­i­tive as a di­rec­tor. But the thing about it is, if I win a third screen­writ­ing Os­car, I will tie with Woody [Allen]. I can’t beat Woody un­til I tie with him.

GQ: And you want to beat him?

QT: I want to have more orig­i­nal-screen­play Os­cars than any­body who’s ever lived.

GQ: You’re on film num­ber eight. How could you plan to make only two more af­ter this? QT: Hope­fully it’s like I’m get­ting down to the tip of the ar­row­head – I’m get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. And that means I still have two more to go. All right? And two more to go is gonna be six years, at least. But we’ll see what hap­pens. And you know, if that tenth flm is a stinker, well, maybe the plan goes into the house fan. You know, in shreds. But so far so good. GQ: So many peo­ple who had early suc­cess in this in­dus­try burnt out. How did you avoid that hap­pen­ing? QT: I worked too long to be here. I mean, I had such in­cred­i­ble good luck and for­tune to make Pulp Fic­tion and just, in this weird pocket of time, that it could be ap­pre­ci­ated for what it was. If I’m gonna fuck that up, I don’t really de­serve to have any of this. But I was never afraid of the burnout sce­nario that you de­scribed. I was more afraid of like – I didn’t want to open up a shin­gle and a shop and now I’m a fac­tory. You know, I do my movie that I do ev­ery two or three years, but then I pro­duce a bunch of stuff, and my name’s al­ways out there, ‘Quentin Tarantino Presents’ this movie, that movie, and I’m rewrit­ing this, be­cause they’ll pay lots of money, I do a two-week di­a­logue pol­ish on Trans­form­ers 3, this and that and the other, and I keep making money, and I’m, like, you know, giv­ing my spe­cial magic well wa­ter away to th­ese peo­ple. And now all of a sud­den my name doesn’t mean jack fuck­ing shit.

GQ: Cool, we fol­low [we don’t]. Back in the ’90s, you ap­proached the press cy­cle like a ac­tor would – and you be­came fa­mous. Ever lived to re­gret that de­ci­sion? QT: I joke I’m not really that fa­mous, I’m just that recog­nis­i­ble. If you know what I look like then you’re gonna know me when you see me. But no, I wanted me to be enough when I’m making a movie. I didn’t want to have to go out and get a star who re­spected my movies, I wanted to be enough to get it made and if I get a star, well, that’s all really great. The Hate­ful Eight is in cine­mas now

THE AU­TEUR’S NEW FILM, THE HATE­FUL EIGHT, IS, HIS WORDS, “A CLAUS­TRO­PHO­BIC SNOW WESTERN”. CUE EX­PEC­TA­TION AND SOLID SCREEN TIME FOR KURT RUS­SELL.

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