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31 Fascinating Facts About The Extremely Talented Director Quentin Tarantino


In the last two decades, Quentin Tarantino has made it very clear that he would never fail to leave his fans stunned. Be it the impossible connections from “Quentin’s universe or his trademark long camera shots, or even the excessive violence, Quentin Tarantino excels in everything. He has reputation for being open about his life, but still, here are some facts about his career that you may not know:

  1. During the production of “Pulp Fiction,” Tarantino’s 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible, which was the car driven by Vincent Vega, was stolen. Nearly 5 decades later, a police officer found two fids stripping an older car, which turned out to be his, after investigation.
  2. For his very famous movie “Reservoir Dogs,” he initially was ready with a budget of $30,000 and a 16mm camera. He was to cast a bunch of his friends including his producing partner Lawrence Bender, in the role of Nice Guy Eddie.
  3. However, Harvey Keitel got wind of the script from the wife of Bender’s acting class teacher, and became interested in not just being in the movie, but also producing it. He sent an answer phone message to Quentin, and also helped raise the budget of the movie to $1.5 million.
  4. In early 2014, the pre-production of his movie “The Hateful Eight” was halted, when the script was leaked online. Tarantino was very much disappointed and stated that he would no longer shoot the movie, but re-write the story and release it as a novel.
  5. However, after the brief reading in Los Angeles, the cast of the movie was stunned and were very much excited to do the movie. It was Samuel L. Jackson who persuaded Tarantino to resume working on the movie.
  6. While working on the “Pulp Fiction” movie, he and Uma Thurman, the lead actress of the movie, began talking about the different kinds of movies they would like to do, during which the idea of doing “Kill Bill” really originated.
  7. During the casting search for the role of Colonel Hans Landa in the movie “Inglorious Basterds,” he is said to have considered quitting from the project, in the fear that he had managed to write a role that was unplayable. However, after seeing Christoph Waltz audition, he changed his mind.
  8. Tarantino was very much interested in playing the part of Mr. Pink in the 1992 movie “Reservoir Dogs,” but still made it a point to allow other actors to audition for it. He even warned Steve Buscemi, when he came in to read for the role that the only way to land the role was to give a killer audition.
  9. In the movie “Pulp Fiction,” he initially hesitated over which role he was to play – either Jimmie or Lance. He finally chose Jimmie’s role, as he wanted to be behind the camera for Mia’s overdose scene in the movie.
  10. Quentin met Franco Nero for the first time in Rome to talk about his cameo in the “Django Unchained.” To the Italian actor’s astonishment, the director went on to recite lines and sing songs from all of Nero’s movies, while telling him about watching “Django” when working in a video store.
  11. Before the world premiere of “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” at the Cannes Film Festival, he is said to have begged the Cannes audiences not to give away spoilers for later audiences, preventing them from experiencing a good movie.
  12. The 1996 movie “From Dusk Till Dawn,” was reportedly the very first script that Tarantino was paid to write. He was asked to write a screenplay in exchange for providing the ear-slicing scene in his movie “Reservoir Dogs,” and was paid a sum of fifteen hundred dollars, by special effects technician Robert Kurtzman.
  13. Before the release of his movie “The Hateful Eight,” he fought with the distributors to show the movie in the original Ultra Panavision 70 presentation, as most movie theaters were having their film projectors replaced with digital projectors.
  14. As a result, more than fifty theaters internationally were retrofitted with anamorphic-lensed 70mm analogue film projectors. The movie was first released in these theaters on December 25, 2015, before releasing in digital theaters on December 30, 2015,
  15. Tarantino is an avid collector of vintage TV show board games. In fact, while filming the “Pulp Fiction” movie, he would sit on the floor and play Welcome Back, Kotter board game with the lead star John Travolta.
  16. Madonna, being the main topic of the movie “Reservoir Dogs’s” opening conversation, reportedly liked it very much. However, she refuted the director’s interpretation of her song “Like a Virgin.”
  17. It was said that after the release of the “Reservoir Dogs,” she gifted Quentin with a copy of her “Erotica” album, signed “To Quentin. It’s not about dick, it’s about love. Madonna.”
  18. During the filming of “Django Unchained” in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the director reportedly rented out a local movie theater in order to show the samurai and Western movies from his personal collections.
  19. For the score of his movie “Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” Quentin reportedly had composer Robert Rodriguez work on the movie for one dollar. He has promised to repay the composer by directing a segment of Rodriguez’s project “Sin City” for one dollar.
  20. In a 2012 directors’ round table, he claimed his movie “Death Proof” to be the worst movie that he ever did. He believed that he had actually “over-tweaked” the movie but was still proud of it, and just that it is the worst on his filmography.
  21. It was reported that Tarantino had a spin-off of his movies “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction,” in development with the title “Vega Brothers.” The spin-off was a prequel to both the movies, featuring the brothers – Mr. Blonde, a.k.a. Vick Vega, played by Michael Madsen in “Reservoir Dogs,” and Vincent Vega played by John Travolta in “Pulp Fiction.” However, the idea was scraped as both the actors were too old to play their respective younger versions.
  22. For the movie “The Hateful Eight,” Panavision reportedly made a two thousand-foot film magazine for the film’s Ultra Panavision 70mm cameras, in an effort to accommodate Quentin’s penchant for long takes.
  23. He claimed in an interview that the most celebrated manga animation-action sequence in “Kill Bill,” was actually inspired by from an Indian movie – “Aalavandhan,” in which the violence of the Indian serial killer was animated.
  24. Initially, he was all set to direct the movie “From Dusk Till Dawn,” but later decided to just focus more on screenplay and his role as Richard Gecko. It was also reported that he offered John Travolta to choose between the movies “From Dusk Till Dawn,” and “Pulp Fiction” for the lead role.
  25. After working with Tarantino in “Django Unchained,” composer Ennio Morricone claimed in an interview that he would never again collaborate with Quentin. He said that the way the director uses music in the movie without any coherence was the main reason, and the other was not being given enough time.
  26. However, three years later, Quentin convinced Ennio to score for “The Hateful Eight” movie, which also earned the composer his first Academy Award. The composer claimed that he liked the story of the movie and was also given full freedom in composition.
  27. For his movie “Reservoir Dogs,” he had to fight with Harvey Weinstein, the founding producer of Miramax Films, in order to have the torture scene in the final cut of the movie.
  28. It was reported that Weinstein intended to remove it as he felt it would have a negative effect on audiences. But Tarantino was sure that the scene played a very important part of the movie and convinced Weinstein to include it.
  29. While writing the script of the movie “Pulp Fiction,” he spent some time in Amsterdam. Quentin is said to have purchased a school notebook, in the thought that it would be enough for the whole script. But, in the seven months spent in creation of script, he filled several school notebooks.
  30. Quentin had actually started writing the movie “Inglorious Basterds,” even before making the “Kill Bill: Vol. 1.” However, he had kept the movie on hold, as he was not able to decide on a better ending for the movie.
  31. Quentin Tarantino Net Worth: $120 Million
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