Rough cut was a good way to describe the debut of Miramax’s “Four Rooms” at the Toronto Film Festival. The film was rough, and the critical reception rougher.
The movie, four short stories about New Year’s Eve in a hotel directed by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell, officially opens Dec. 25, but at least one of the directors involved feels it’s a completely different animal.
“I treated it like a test screening, and I decided to go back and redo my ending, and Allison did a lot of work on hers,” said Rockwell. Aside from the two ending changes, the film is also 24 minutes shorter, and the quartet learned a valuable lesson: “It was a mistake to show a film that wasn’t ready to be shown,” says Rockwell. “We did the film as a lark, but we were naive and stupid because we had no idea there were such high expectations, especially because of Quentin. We heard people were hawking tickets there for $200, and it became like a rock concert.”
Rockwell will soon begin production on “The Button Man” with Tim Roth, Christopher Walken and seven wrestling midgets who tour Eastern Europe. He just finished “Somebody to Love,” starring Rosie Perez, Harvey Keitel and Anthony Quinn.