Quentin Tarantino Says to Expect Just Two More Films

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JERUSALEM — “Shabbat Shalom,” shouted Quentin Tarantino as he burst into the stage of the jam-packed Jerusalem Cinematheque to present “Pulp Fiction” and chat about his career, his relationship with actors and what keeps him going. The director, who was the subject of an homage during the festival’s opening ceremony July 7, delivered a humor-filled talk that underscored his passion and toughness. Here’s what he said about critics, dialogue and casting, among other topics.

About his claim that he only wants to make 10 movies:

“I’m planning on stopping at 10. So it’ll be two more. Even if at 75, if I have this other story to tell, it would still kind of work because that would make those 10. They would be there and that would be that. But the one he did when he was an old f—ing man, that geriatric one exists completely on its own in the old folks’ home and is never put in the same shelf next to the other 10. So it doesn’t contaminate the other 10.”

On the theory that he makes movies in threes:

“I was listening to a podcast and there was a British critic pontificating about my work. And he said something to the degree of: ‘Well, Tarantino makes movies in threes. “Reservoir Dogs,” ”Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown.” Then ‘Kill Bill 1’ — I consider ‘Kill Bill’ as one movie but for the sake of his hypothesis — so ‘Kill Bill 1,’ ‘Kill Bill 2,’ ‘Death Proof’ and then ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ ‘Django’ and ‘The Hateful Eight.’ [The critic] goes: ‘He makes movies in threes. The first two movies are very symbiotically connected, almost complement each other in a different way. The third movie usually is linked by genre to some degree or another to the first two, but it almost exists as a rebuke to the first two. It almost exists as a bastard child of the first two and is usually never as popular as the first two.’ He’s on to something — even the idea that the third one is almost, in its own way, a critique of the first two. And I thought that was really interesting and it held more water the more I thought about it.”

About his films being packed with references to other movies:

“Not as many as critics think there are. It’s one of those things where it becomes quite annoying. There are definitely things that I’ve taken from the history of cinema. Rarely as a shot. I rarely take shots from other movies. In ‘Pulp Fiction,’ when Marsellus walks in front of the car which is similar to the one in ‘Psycho,’ I think that might be the only ‘shot for shot’ I’ve ever taken from another movie exactly.

But I get accused of that all the time. It’s one of those things where it becomes annoying because anything in my movie – critics are trying to write a laundry list. ‘That’s from this and that’s from that,’ and it’s like 1) movies I haven’t even seen and didn’t take it from that and came up with it myself, or 2) well, yes, in the history of cinema, some other people have maybe done this but that’s not where I’m coming from. But that’s very much the mind of critics who are trying to beat the mastermind. And show how smart they are with all their film references.”

About how he gives direction:

“I am the captain of the ship, and they have to follow my orders as far as that’s concerned. But when it comes to getting the best out of them in any given scene or performance, then I’m at their disposal. Because it’s not about getting my way, it’s about making them comfortable and getting the best out of them. I’m just very sensitive to them, we have a lot of private talks and, when I have to direct, I’m not just sitting in video village, which is usually in another room, watching a f—ing television. As they’re acting, I’m sitting right next to the camera. There’s no monitors on my set; I’m sitting right by the camera. And I’m looking right at them. And when it’s done, they look at me…’What do I think?’ When I have direction, I walk over to them and I talk about it. I don’t scream at them from across the set. Or scream from another room, ‘Do this… do that!’ I’m talking directly to them and, boom, we go in and do it. It’s very intimate.”

About his obsession with dialogue:

“The one rule that I have is you have to know my dialogue backwards and forwards. When you show up on the set, you need to know my dialogue as if it was your fourth week of a Broadway run after a six-week tryout. Anything else, you are ripping me off. I could fire you and start all over again. Because you’re just disrespecting me. You can’t just do the kind of work that I need you to do if you don’t know the lines beyond and beyond. Because I’m looking for that take when an actor just happens to kick in to something. And actors describe that moment where, all of a sudden, they just kick into the character and at that moment, they can’t do it wrong, because they are the person. If they say a joke, it’s a little bit funnier because they are really saying the joke and get the humor. Actors describe it, they say it’s like flying because they’re literally — that’s why they become actors. You can’t deal with flying when you don’t know the dialogue that much. That will bring you back down to earth. I am paying them to say my dialogue. That is their job. I like my actors, but I love my characters, and it’s the actors’ job to say my lines.”

About shooting “The Hateful Eight” in 70mm:

“For a whole lot of people on the Internet and on podcasts who say, ‘Why do you shoot it in 70mm? It takes place indoors most of the time,’ I say that it’s a very shallow view of what you can do with 70mm. It’s not just about shooting the Arabian desert. It’s not about just shooting 10,000 steers in a Western or shooting mountaintops, although I did do my fair share of shooting mountaintops. But 70mm is maybe the best format for shooting close-ups, and the close-ups for that movie were very important and the way it shows actors’ faces is amazing. Sam Jackson never looked as evocative as he did in those close-ups, Sergio Leone-style. But then also, I thought it was important because I think it put you in the place. You are in it with them.

“The other reason I did it is that I’m a very big proponent of film projection. In my mind, digital projection is just TV in public, and I don’t need TV in public. My TV setup at home is pretty awesome; I don’t need to watch it with strangers. And to me, film is why you leave the house. By giving up film projection, we’ve already ceded too much ground to the barbarians as far as I’m concerned. And so, if I shoot in 70mm, there will be a very concentrated effort to show it on film. That was one of the main reasons.”

About the casting challenge of “Inglourious Basterds”:

“I didn’t want a Dutch guy playing the German Nazis. I didn’t want the Swedish guy playing the German Nazis. So bye bye, Max von Sydow. No thank you, Rutger Hauer. I wanted Germans playing Germans, speaking German…I wanted every country to represent their own team, more or less.”

About his personal favorite of all the characters he’s written:

“I didn’t know yet that Colonel Landa [Christopher Waltz] was a linguistic genius, but during the course of writing the script, he became a linguistic genius. No matter what character came in the room, he could kick it to them in their language and speak it really well. He’s not shown doing it, but he’s probably one of the only Nazis in cinema history who could speak Yiddish perfectly. If Filipinos walked in the room, he’d be kicking it in Tagalog with them and not missing a click.”

About how Waltz made “Inglourious Basterds” happen a week before the shoot, when Tarantino and his producer Lawrence Bender were about to give up:

“I was getting to be kind of worried, and unless I found the perfect Landa, I didn’t want to make the movie. I was literally emotionally preparing myself to pull the plug. Then Christoph Waltz walked in…and it was just obvious he was the guy. He could do everything we wanted. He was just amazing….We were ecstatic when he finished. We were just vomiting all over him: ‘Oh my God, you were amazing, you were fantastic. Oh my God, thank you, thank you, thank you.’ I’ve never given a man a blowjob, but at that moment, at that time, if anyone deserved it, it was him.”

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  1. solarmovie says:

    All in all, this is a good way to get a way of how and why true” movies diverge from reality.

  2. reed says:

    The Columbine killers said it would be an “NBK morning” referring to ‘Natural Born Killers’ – let the world never forget. I can’t wait until Tarantino calls it quits and stops polluting America with his junk.

  3. Kei says:

    Haha look at all the whiteboys trembling in their computer chairs because the big scawy liberal man offended our murderous cops. Hateful eight is an incredible movie that only did “poorly” based on his usual expectancy which is quite high.

    In a world of great cinema america is a boring joke and Tarantino is the light needed to put america on the map.

    Nice meltdowns, white folk, this is why the rest of the world joins hands in laughing at your ignorance.

    • km13.kellyclark@gmail.com says:

      I am a “white person” and in no way am I ignorant. I absolutely Love Quentin Tarentino. By all right’s he is a genius. everyone is entitled to their own opinion. No need to be nasty. you give them the power.

      Sent from Windows Mail

  4. kelly says:

    It’s as the saying goes:. ” OPINION’S ARE LIKE

    ***HOLES. EVERYONE HAS ONE” . MR.

    Tarentino is by all rights a genius. If you can’t

    Say something nice then shut your pie hole.

    SOLUTION: quit your crying and don’t see QT’S

    Movies. Then you won’t have much to cry about, right?

  5. John says:

    Its ok you can go ahead and quit now.
    We’ve seen enough.
    Nobody will be paying to watch any more of your movies.
    Goodbye.

  6. Aleric says:

    Can we just call it 10 and have him go away already??

  7. Jim says:

    And if there anything like your last flop then I second the motion.

  8. Paolo says:

    Your movies SUCK, nothing but badly done blood porn. Quit now.

  9. I kind of liked some of his work. Much of his work is based on outlaw violence. He does not have much range as a writer.

    Like most Hollywood goofballs he thinks he’s smart. No, you are an idiot who can write some.

    • Wow says:

      And to think Jill Thrussell actually looks up to this man when his agencies been profiting from her since 2009. Wow how tragic.

  10. Good riddance. Never heard of you before your rotten comments on the recent death of police officers. I suggest you move to some socialist country where they can tax most of your money.

  11. Stash says:

    I don’t know. Eight sounds like a nice round number to me.

  12. Angela says:

    Promise???

  13. nearboston says:

    Oh no! Please ohplease Q… We need at least 3 more of your gratuitous violence, foul language filled odes to brainless nudity.

    Face it hack, you had one good film in you, and a bunch of schlock. You were finished years ago.

    • Jimdandy says:

      Um, Quentin’s movies don’t have nudity. You can hate him and his movies all you want, but I don’t think you have seen any of his films. Which is the one with all of this gratuitous nudity you speak of?

  14. apgreco says:

    Actually you were done a long time ago, Quentin, Bad movies matter.

  15. Joe says:

    Those will be two movies I won’t be attending.

  16. BlueDesert says:

    Making the best movie of all time (Pulp Fiction) does a lot to keep the money train rolling. Money or not,you still need the talent to pull it off. Lighting only struck once for QT, Everything since PF has been as painful as sliding down a 10 foot razor blade naked.

  17. al jarreau says:

    Don’t let the door hit your skinny ass on the way out. …

  18. Sam Colt says:

    Or….two LESS Films, and DISAPPEAR!

    Ya…that’s the ticket.

  19. zedanski says:

    I really liked his one movie, the one where the tall black dude and the latino dude were hit men in Germany during the war, when the slender blonde chick freaks out all kung-fu style and this guy hoses the blood off them while the other one dies of auto-erotic asphyxiation in a hotel closet in Thailand.

    Just a slanging movie.

  20. Greggan says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, say hello to the Drudge Report’s click bait trolls!

  21. Winomaster says:

    Two movies, he may figure, is about all the rope the studio is going to allow him after the last one. He may even have a contract that gives him the money for two more films. If I was a studio, it would be occurring to me that Tarantino is not a commercial film maker. He indulges himself with other peoples money. Sure, his first three films were really decent. But, since then he has only pleased himself. And he has shown he will not curb his tongue for the sake of a films box office prospects. Tarantino’s career is over.

  22. Jay says:

    “Two more films and I’m done.”

    Oh, why wait. Leave now.

  23. Don McCoy says:

    AMEN! Tarantino’s films were once EXCELLENT. Now they’re just Liberal-Progressive propaganda. He’s another talented artist who succumbed to the lunatic Left.

  24. i believe mr. tarantino has been “done” for many years- his films are a reflection of the most toxic elements of society today and as such i only hope that he keeps his word- it is not entertainment but gratuitous violence – but maybe i can hold out some hope – maybe his films will be gun free- and violence free- isn’t that was his ilk say they advocate- the double standards of our industry cannot even be described in human terms!

  25. Jack MeOff says:

    He’s lying he’s given lots of men bj’s!

  26. Spare us anymore films, Quent. You’re a wank.

  27. Yukiko says:

    Promises, promises.

  28. Betty Lichklitz says:

    Save us all Puke, and end that thing you do, that some people call directing.

  29. Ralph Vidcom says:

    Two movies too many for this racist, cop hater. Not a dime for his dribble. Not a wasted minute watching his twisted junk.

  30. williampenn says:

    Let me guess: one will bash White people, the other will bash cops?

  31. Andy Howe says:

    Only two more films to suffer through having to read about his supposed genius in the media that refuses to recognize it as little more than porn violence. Promises, promises, promises.

  32. the inside word says:

    Tarantino is the worlds leading filmmaker and surpasses Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Steven Spielberg, Kubrick and the intellect of Francis Ford Coppola. Everyone of his films is a work of art that belongs in a museum. No other filmmaker has even approached the level of excellence within the prowess of film-making. Tarantino is a living national treasure of the United States of America. Tarantino should run for presidency! He definitely has my vote.

    • Yukiko says:

      Either you say this tongue in cheek or you are that creepy Tarantino person.

      • harry georgatos says:

        PULP FICTION with Oscar nominations. DJANGO UNCHAINED and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS picking up Oscars and nominations. Obviously Hollywood professionals can recognize talent where the trolls in this comment list would rather tear down a filmmaker because he cares for black lives. Highly similar when Jane Fonda protesting against the Vietnam genocide and labelled Hanoi Jane, and torn to pieces by the lunatic right. Tarantino isn’t a cop hater. He has said that he understands that cops have a difficult occupation. On the other hand there’s a minority of cops who are simply there for all the wrong reasons. All the trolls attacking Tarantino never minded his ultra-violence before he attended the black rally of black lives matter. DJANGO UNCHAINED was a box-office hit and I suspect the trolls on this comment list enjoyed the film at the time. Tarantino is an original voice that can’t be ignored.

      • Greggan says:

        Tarantino’s grammar and spelling would be better.

  33. sergey says:

    It confirms this – you’ve changed and your head full of new thoughts and ideas . Do not stop. Give them life

  34. mark meyer says:

    Rumor has it his next movie is a gay love story staring himself.

  35. mark meyer says:

    You’re already done. You just don’t know it yet. The world has had enough of your gratuitously violent movies.

  36. sergey says:

    you set a wrong goal, think again

  37. Just another empty promise of the far left.

  38. John says:

    The Haitful Eight was awful.

    • Trinh Weidner says:

      I agree wholeheartedly. I cannot understand how any of the talented professionals involved didn’t just stop and say “What the hell are we doing.” This is at first deadly boring and then just gratuitous violence.

  39. xminusone says:

    Quentin’s next movie should be about cop killers since he appears to sympathize with what they’re doing.

  40. Professor Fate says:

    Quentin needs to make a movie about cop killers since he appears to sympathize with them.

  41. QT is to action films what Stephen is to horror. They both had their 15 minutes of creative brilliance but have since descended into writing predictable stories with cliche characters. Oh, and both have this notion that their political views are in demand. LOL.

  42. Critik says:

    Tarantino’s own personal performance came up short and earned him the “nub” description by Beejoli Shah.

  43. Trevy Organ says:

    You should have retired after Pulp Fiction, your last good film. Y’all, Tarantino is the most overrated director of all time; he’s a better ACTOR than a director.

    • jinaj says:

      Agreed – although I’d include True Romance (written by him). After that, meh. Inglourious Basterds wasn’t too bad, though. Maybe his later movies are praised by those who haven’t seen all the previous movies he bases his movies on (style, genre, music, remake etc.) so it’s new and fresh to them. His first two were new to me (hadn’t seen anything like them).

      • Trevy Organ says:

        True Romance was before PF, but I agree, it was GREAT. As for IB,

        I hate to disagree with you, but I thought it crap, as a movie; I particularly COULDN’T STAND the stupid, pretentiously incongruous soundtrack. For my money, IB amounted to 2 very good scenes, one maybe even great, but not at all a good picture. I think his real talent is making scenes, not movies.

  44. Colt Lending says:

    His batting average hasn’t been so good, but I like what he says about an actor should know the lines town cold; his watching the actors act on the set and talking to them in eye-to-eye.

    Also, what he said about 70mm.

    It’s a fantastic and neglected format.

    • Ken says:

      I’m of the age where I used to see 70 mm releases in cinemas – the roadshow presentations. Tarantino’s zeal for 70mm is admirable…but why the hell did he use this glorious format to shoot a picture that is 90% dark murky interiors??? This, I will never understand.

  45. astralweeks says:

    Good, The Hateful Eight sucked

  46. Are you kidding? Tarantino is always an amazing interview and almost as often a kick ass director. Get over your sanctimonious social justice BS.

  47. we can’t be so lucky

  48. Red says:

    He should have quit two movies ago!

  49. jayredd says:

    Hey Tarantino, I hope no one goes to any of your films you cop hating pos.

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