With the release of Django Unchained right around the corner, you’re going to be getting a healthy dose of Quentin Tarantino over the next few weeks. The director is bound to turn up on countless talk shows and conduct a multitude of interviews as he promotes his new film, a story about a slave turned bounty hunter on a mission of vengeance.
However, if you only want to catch one Tarantino interview, you should make it the one he recently conducted with Howard Stern. The Pulp Fiction director spends an hour and 15 minutes chatting with the self-proclaimed King of All Media, and it’s not your standard late-night talk show chat. After all, where else will you hear the details about how Tarantino got Brad Pitt in trouble with Angelina Jolie because he revealed the two spent days smoking hash as they tried to decide if Pitt was the right fit for Inglourious Basterds?
In typical Stern fashion, there are no real off-topic subjects and the conversation flows from Tarantino’s early days working in a video store, a meeting with his estranged father, what it feels like to be responsible for a $75 million dollar film, and more. It’s an entertaining discussion to say the least.
Tarantino is candid and chatty (when is he not either of those things, though?) and regales Stern with the story of how he spent days with Will Smith before they decided he wouldn’t star as Django. He also explains that he doesn’t think Owen Wilson is funny. “Comedy actors, you either like them or you don’t. I just don’t think he’s funny,” he says of Wilson.
He does, however, think Jonah Hill is amusing – which is why the actor has a came as member of the Regulators in the film.
In the last segment, Tarantino shares a bit of insight to making it in the biz – explaining how he wrote scripts for True Romance and Natural Born Killers, but no one wanted to give him the money to make them. Tarantino stuck with it, even though many readers complained about the way he wrote dialogue-heavy screenplays filled with curse words, and he eventually made it.
Check out the three segments below. Tarantino fans will find a lot of interesting material in the lengthy discussion.
[via The Film Stage]