RUMOUR MAY TURN REALITY
Back in December the geekier corners of the internet got very, very excited at the prospect of Kurt Russell joining Guardians of the
Galaxy Vol.2 as Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) father.
There was just one slight problem – Russell hadn’t been sounded out about the role and hadn’t seen the original film.
“I didn’t know anything about it, I hadn’t seen it … I hadn’t read the script, I hadn’t talked to the director … nothing,” says Russell.
“Never have I had anything where the reaction (was so big) to something I was not connected to. It was like, Whoa! So I said I need to read it, I need to talk to the director.”
Unlike most crazy false casting rumours on the internet, this one may actually come true. In recent weeks, Russell finally got around to watching GOTG, reading the Vol.2 screenplay and discussing the role with writerdirector James Gunn.
Russell draws a parallel between The Hateful Eight and his 1982 horror classic The Thing. Both feature an ensemble cast, large amounts of snow and lashings of paranoia. Indeed, Tarantino screened
The Thing for his cast before production.
The Hateful Eight follows bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) as he brings in fugitive Daisy Domergue (the Oscarnominated Jennifer Jason Leigh) to be hanged for her crimes – murder, robbery etc.
He hooks up with another bounty hunter, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson), and they shelter from a storm in Minnie’s Haberdashery, which is full of mean sumbitches that Ruth believes want to murder him so they can rescue Daisy. “This monster (in The
Hateful Eight) is inside,” Russell says. “It’s not a whodunit, it’s a who’s-gonna-do-it?
“I know from watching the movie a number of times, when you know the story, it’s a real blast to watch.”
The Hateful Eight is in cinemas now
Kurt Russell in Tarantino’s
The Hateful Eight.