Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight” is headed to the horizon of its theatrical run, but there’s still some great stuff we’re catching up with from the director’s extensive press rounds for the movie, the juiciest perhaps being a lengthy interview in Sight & Sound.
Over at Sunset Gun, Kim Morgan excerpted a generous portion of her talk with the director, which goes enjoyably deep about the politics of westerns, the films of Robert Aldrich (with Morgan comparing Tarantino to the filmmaker), and ’70s films including “Deliverance.” And another fascinating tidbit emerges when Tarantino is asked which actors he’s been wanting to work with.
“Obviously, Ralph Meeker and Aldo Ray are two of them. Michael Parks, in his day. I worked with him but in his day would have been nice. Robert Blake in his day. I would work with Robert Blake tomorrow, now would be nice too. I would have loved to work with Bette Davis in her day or out of her day. In the early 60s, in the 40s, 30s to ‘Burnt Offerings‘ time. All good. TV movie time. All good. I’d love to work with Al Pacino now, I just saw him in the new Mamet play [‘China Doll‘] and he was terrific. I might even want to work with him now more, even more than his ‘Serpico‘ days. I would love to have Al Pacino rip snorting through my dialogue,” he said.
You know, what? I’d love to see it to, and frankly, given Pacino’s roles these days, it would only be benefit for him to work with Tarantino.
Meanwhile, KCRW has posted it’s episode of “The Treatment,” featuring a half-hour long talk with Elvis Mitchell and Tarantino. It’s mostly focused on “The Hateful Eight,” but it has a terrific “Reservoir Dogs” digression and for fans of Tarantino, you’ll want to dig in. Listen below.