The alternative headline for this piece could have been “The 10 Most Arrogant Quotes From Quentin Tarantino’s Vulture Interview”: holy hell, does this guy possess a staggering lack of humility. Normally, you let others call your writing poetry. But not Tarantino: he’ll beat you right to it and constantly remind you that his words are art (let’s not forget his “Django Unchained” Oscar speech where he basically thanked himself, saying “boy, did I do it this time”; also, please recall Jamie Foxx’s initially confused face). Tarantino surely has the goods to back it up (or, if you do not think much of his recent films, at least he used to), but no one has ever seen Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog or Christopher Nolan behaving similarly —at least nowhere near Tarantino’s level. So here’s five highlights of his self-aggrandizement from the recent Vulture interview.
Quentin simply cannot give another director a compliment without mentioning himself
“I think [David O. Russell is] the best actor’s director, along with myself, working in movies today. And ‘The Fighter’ had impeccable casting.”
Modesty is not a strong suit
“I’m a legit filmmaker of my generation who’s leading the pack.“
“The Shield” was apparently sucking on QT’s teat
“I already knew [Walton Goggins, appearing in “The Hateful Eight“] from ‘The Shield.’ You know, literally watching him for six years do faux-Quentin dialogue let me know that he’s got the right kind of tongue.”
He’s humble about his impact on cinema
“Before I ever made a movie, my mission statement was that I wanted to make movies that, if young people saw them, it would make them want to make movies. That is one thing I can definitely say I’ve done.”
Tarantino lumps in Bryan Singer’s “The Usual Suspects” into the list of ‘90s Tarantino copycats
“That was more of a thing in the ’90s, whether it was ‘The Usual Suspects’ or ‘Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag’ or ‘Two Days in the Valley.’ The one I thought was the best was by this director who never did anything else, C. M. Talkington, who did that movie ‘Love and a .45.’ And there’s a really terrific Hong Kong movie called ‘Too Many Ways to Be No. 1.’ “
You can literally throw a dart anywhere at that long interview and pretty much hit some sort of Tarantino self-fellating remark. But now let’s focus on the “news” aspect. Tarantino’s talked up a lot of film projects or genres he’d like to tackle. He recently revealed that his potential “Inglourious Basterds” sequel/spin-off “Killer Crow” won’t happen, and he says “we’ll see” about “Kill Bill 3,” but no betting man would put money on that. So what about the rest of the projects he has in his head?
In the past, Tarantino has said he’d love to make a film set in the world of British spies —he’s always been a Len Deighton fan— a 1930s gangster picture, and he’s talked-up a science fiction film too. What is the idea for the latter exactly? Tarantino wouldn’t say, but in an outtakes piece from the Vulture interview published today, he tried to stress the difference between sci-fi and science fiction.
“I’m not really interested in doing a sci-fi film,” he said. “But there’s one thing in particular that I would be interested in. I can’t tell you what it is, though, because I would literally be telling you exactly what it is. And then I wouldn’t be able to do it, because everyone would talk about it, because it is one thing in particular. It might be science fiction, but it wouldn’t involve spaceships.”
However, for those more inclined towards Tarantino’s recent cinematic trajectory, they should be happy to hear he’s not in a rush to get off the saddle. “I do feel that I need to do at least one more Western,” he said. “I think you need to make three Westerns to call yourself a Western director.”
Happy? Got another bon mot from the Tarantino interview? Have a genre or project you wish he’d finally make? Sound off below.