George Christy Talks About Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and more!
Posted Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 5:29 pm
A lion’s roar of a seven-minute ovation welcomed Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood at the Cannes Film Festival last week. Other than Quentin’s powerful phantasmagoria, the festival appeared to be somewhat of a washout.
Quentin’s ninth film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a movie star worried about age discrimination, and Brad Pitt’s character is based on Hal Needham, a stunt double for Burt Reynolds. Both stars are struggling to make it in a hippie Hollywood that’s now alien to them. Playing Leo’s neighbor, Margot Robbie’s cast as Sharon Tate. Rounding out the star power are Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, and others in impressive smaller roles.
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood will be talked about until Kingdom Come. A work of art from the genius mind of Quentin Tarantino, it serves as a study of the wide-reaching opportunities that creative filmmaking provides.
“I want it to be about three rich days in the lives of these characters as they move through Los Angeles,” the writer-director reflects about DiCaprio and Pitt’s journey. “With the conflict of the story building each day until it reaches a tipping point.”
From the enthusiastic critics:
“A heady, engrossing, kaleidoscopic, spectacularly detailed nostalgic splatter collage of a film, an epic tale of backlot Hollywood in 1969, which allows Tarantino to pile on all his obsessions, from drive-ins to donuts, from girls with guns to men with muscle cars and vendettas, from spaghetti Westerns to foot fetishism.”
— Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“What was entirely unexpected was that Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood would be such a moving film, at once a love letter — and a dream — of the Hollywood that was.”
— Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood is the sweetest and most nostalgic film of Quentin Tarantino’s career. A love letter to a time gone by and a literal fairy tale. Leo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are fantastic. Tons of great actors kill it in small roles.”
— Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist
“The film is Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus. A sweeping statement on an entire generation of American popular culture and an almost expressionistic rendering of the counterculture forming at its margins, gradually growing in influence.”
— Sam Mac, Slant Magazine
“Why is no one tweeting about Margot Robbie? She’s the heart and soul of this film. Her Sharon Tate is the most humane and resonant character of the entire movie. Almost every scene she’s in is heartbreaking to watch.”
— Jordan Ruimy, World of Reel
“A richly evocative, conceptually jaw-dropping, excessively foot-fetishizing, inescapably terrifying and unexpectedly poignant movie.”
— Justin Chang, LA Times
“It’s probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done. I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore,” revealed Quentin Tarantino at CinemaCon in April.
The bidding included Sony, Fox, Warner Bros, Universal, Annapurna, Lionsgate, along with financiers offering to fund the entire film.
Quentin asked for a $95 million production budget, demanded final cut, total creative control and an unheard-of 25 percent of first-dollar gross. Also that the rights to the movie revert to him after 10 to 20 years.
Quentin was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to an Italian actor/producer father, Tony, and an Irish-Cherokee mother, Connie. They named him after Burt Reynolds’ character, Quint Asper, in Gunsmoke.
In 2018, Quentin, 55, wed Israeli singer Danielle Pick, 35, in Los Angeles. He courted her for several years.
Their engagement party included Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, and Diane Kruger, with a wedding reception at Mr. Chow’s in Beverly Hills.
Quentin then explained why he waited so long to marry. “When I’m doing a movie, I’m not doing anything else. Nothing can get in my way.”
The film opens here late July.