Jar­rett talks Tarantino and Django Un­chained

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MERYL Streep can’t even per­fect our turn of phrase, so John Jar­ratt reck­ons Quentin Tarantino’s ef­forts to nail an Aussie ac­cent in Django Un­chained are pretty bloody good.

Jar­ratt, best known for Wolf Creek, says Tarantino worked really hard on the ac­cent and did it re­mark­ably well.

‘‘I said there will be a lot of Aussies that pick it but the rest of the world won’t,’’ says Jar­ratt, who acts along­side Tarantino in his cameo scene.

‘‘He made a fair fist of it. It’s a tough ac­cent. I mean Meryl couldn’t get it right (as Lindy Cham­ber­lain in Evil An­gels). ‘Dingo stole my baby’. If she can’t do it, no one can.’’

Tarantino never in­tended to cameo in Django Un­chained, although he ap­pears in many of his own films, in­clud­ing Reser­voir Dogs and Pulp Fic­tion.

Jar­ratt was to film his scene with Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt and fel­low Aussie An­thony LaPaglia but film­ing was pushed back and both dropped out.

‘‘The film fin­ished af­ter I shot our se­quence and by that time An­thony and Joseph had other com­mit­ments that clashed so we ended up get­ting (US ac­tor) Michael Parks . . . and Quentin be­ing an Aussie with me. I think it just got to the stage where (Quentin) thought, ‘oh bug­ger it, I’ll do it’.’’

When cast­ing his films, Tarantino of­ten uses the same ac­tors. He says he likes to sur­round him­self with nice peo­ple who are fun to work with. He doesn’t want to work with ac­tors deemed dif­fi­cult and grumpy but worth it for their tal­ent.

‘‘I have a huge big, long list of peo­ple I’d like to see and like to con­sider and the only thing you have to be to be on my list, is I have to like you and you have to be alive,’’ he says. Jar­ratt ticked both the boxes. Tarantino sent a script, said ‘‘you’re play­ing Floyd’’. Jar­ratt said, ‘‘OK’’.

The pair have been friends since 2003, when the di­rec­tor came to Aus­tralia for Kill Bill Vol. 1 and asked to meet him.

‘‘He got off the plane with Kill Bill and said, ‘I want to meet John Jar­ratt, he’s my favourite Aus­tralian ac­tor’,’’ Jar­ratt says.

This was pre- Wolf Creek, when Tarantino, an avid fan of Aus­tralian film, knew Jar­ratt from his ca­reer stretch­ing back into the 1970s.

‘‘He likes Aussies, the old Quen,’’ Jar­ratt says. Tarantino, he adds, knows more about Aus­tralia and the lo­cal film in­dus­try than he does.

He says Tarantino has Oz­ploita­tion nights, invit­ing friends over to watch Aus­tralian movies. In Django Un­chained, old slang words like ‘‘malarkey’’ came from the di­rec­tor’s knowl­edge.

Jar­ratt says he’s al­ways an­noy­ing Tarantino to make a film in Aus­tralia.

‘‘It would just be a rot­ten shame if he got through his life and he didn’t make an Aussie film . . . his Quentin-ssential Aussie film with Aussie ac­tors and Aussie crews,’’ he says.

‘‘We’ve just got to find an in­ter­est­ing sub­ject for him to hang it off.’’

At the moment though, Jar­ratt says Tarantino is ‘‘flat out like a lizard drink­ing’’.

Django Un­chained won two Golden Globes and is nom­i­nated for five Academy Awards, though Tarantino is no­tice­ably ab­sent in the Best Di­rec­tor cat­e­gory.

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John Jar­ratt (left) in

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