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Quentin Tarantino & Brad Pitt Reunited for 'Hollywood' After This Big Coincidence!

Quentin Tarantino & Brad Pitt Reunited for 'Hollywood' After This Big Coincidence!

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theaters at the end of this month, and director Quentin Tarantino just told a story that showed how he and star Brad Pitt were on the same page about his character Cliff Booth.

It all started when Quentin invited Brad over to his house to discuss the character before Brad had signed on to do the film. Brad did some character work and decided he wanted to watch the film Billy Jack, a 1971 drama from Tom Laughlin, to dig further into Cliff Booth.

Funnily enough, Quentin said, he wanted to watch the exact same film with Brad to delve deeper into the role!

“I go, ‘Brad, I have a 35mm print of ‘Billy Jack,’ threaded up on the projector, waiting for you to get here,’” Quentin said on the Pure Cinema Podcast. “He couldn’t believe that we both were thinking of ‘Billy Jack’ — and more Tom Laughlin than Billy JackBilly Jack always has a little preamble… a folksy story that he tells before he fucks you up, and [Cliff] kinda has his own little folksy story.”

Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino previously worked together on 2009′s Inglorious Bastards.

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  • Thassy

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  • Thassy

    Quentin Tarantino Shares a Brad Pitt Coincidence That Shaped ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

    The actor once stopped by the filmmaker’s house with a DVD, only to learn the director already had the same film ready to play on 35mm.
    Long before the cameras started rolling on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino were already on the same page. They just didn’t know it yet.

    During a recent and lengthy guest appearance on the Pure Cinema Podcast, Tarantino discussed July’s programming at his historic Los Angeles movie theater, New Beverly Cinema, and how each choice relates to what could be his final film — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The Oscar-winning filmmaker also relayed an anecdote about the first time he met with his Inglorious Basterds star Pitt in order to develop the character of Cliff Booth, the stuntman for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    Pitt visited Tarantino’s home and said he had a film he wanted to watch with the filmmaker as a starting place for his character, Cliff. Pitt pulled out a DVD of 1971’s Billy Jack, which starred filmmaker-actor-activist Tom Laughlin.

    “I go, ‘Brad, I have a 35mm print of Billy Jack, threaded up on the projector, waiting for you to get here,’” Tarantino told Pure Cinema Podcast’s Elric Kane and Brian Saur. “He couldn’t believe that we both were thinking of Billy Jack — and more Tom Laughlin than Billy Jack … Billy Jack always has a little preamble … a folksy story that he tells before he fucks you up, and [Cliff] kinda has his own little folksy story.”

    Since much of New Beverly Cinema’s slate this month pertains to the leading men of the 1960s who inspired Rick Dalton’s characterization, Tarantino expounded on several ‘50s and ‘60s TV stars who attempted to transition from television to movies, including Steve McQueen, Dalton’s more successful counterpart.

    In Tarantino’s universe, both actors had successful Western TV shows on which they played bounty hunters. Even though both actors shot movies during their hiatuses, McQueen ended up the bigger star thanks to his turn in The Magnificent Seven. Conversely, DiCaprio’s Dalton was never able to break out in a similar fashion.

    “He really wants to get rid of this TV series, so he can go on to his greater fortunes in movies,” Tarantino said of Dalton. “So, he does and gets a four-picture deal at Universal. And he makes four movies there. They’re not bad, but nothing really knocks anybody out. And so, he doesn’t pull off the TV-to-movies transition.”

    Tarantino went on to explain how the Rick Dalton types who failed to make the leap from TV to movies were initially unable to return to TV as the lead of another series. Because Dalton and Co. burned various bridges during their original departures for movies, they were forced to guest star on other people’s TV shows, as part of a week-to-week existence. Ultimately, Dalton has to entertain an offer to lead a few spaghetti Westerns in Italy, something many actors of his ilk had to do, including Edd Byrnes. Tarantino even recalled some dialogue from a deleted scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood where Dalton’s agent, Marvin Schwartz (Al Pacino), tries to convince Dalton to take the spaghetti Western offer in Italy.

    “The Italians want McQueen, but he won’t work with them. And no matter what, he says no,” Tarantino recited from memory. “No matter how many times they ask, Marlon Brando always says no … but the Italians keep trying. Then, they realize it’s not gonna work, and then they settle. They want Marlon Brando, they get Burt Reynolds. They want Warren Beatty, they get George Hamilton. They want Steve McQueen, they get you [Rick Dalton].”

    Along with thorough explanations of each New Beverly programming choice, Tarantino also shared the movies that inspired Rick Dalton’s fictional filmography, including 1958′s The Gunman’s Walk (Tanner), 1964′s The Secret Invasion (The 14 Fists of McCluskey) and 1967′s Moving Target (Operazione Dyn-o-mite).

    While it’s unclear when Tarantino taped the July 3 podcast release, the episode confirms that it was recorded after the highly publicized Cannes screening of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which received a seven-minute standing ovation. Prior to the festival, Tarantino screened the film “four or five” times for audiences ranging from 40 to 220 people. After the Cannes screening, the filmmaker remarked that he might lengthen his two-hour-and-39-minute Cannes cut. When a Pure Cinema host asked when he officially finished the film, Tarantino responded that he’s been done for “about two weeks.” This admission may confirm that he did in fact fine-tune the Cannes cut, which is par for the course following his early screenings.
    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/quentin-tarantino-shares-a-brad-pitt-story-behind-once-a-time-hollywood-1222965

  • Janet Misowa

    2 weeks is too much😁😁

  • Thassy

    Margot looks just like a barbie.😍
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BzvnqtwF6EB/?hl=pt-br

  • Beedyq

    She surely does.

  • Thassy

    Sean O’Connell
    @Sean_OConnell
    ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is Tarantino’s most contemplative, mature film since PULP.

    It’s beautifully calibrated as an ode to L.A. and its chief industry – the Dream Factory of Hollywood. DiCaprio and Pitt are outstanding.

    Was not prepared for this film’s extreme depth.

  • Felinelilly

    https://www.parismatch.com/Culture/Art/Thomas-Houseago-colosse-aux-pieds-d-argile-1635172
    Idol With Feet of Clay

    PM has this article about Thomas Houseago, talking about this retrospective France is doing about his art work. I won’t translate the whole thing but one sentence made me smile, ‘Achitecture, which he’s always been interested in, has become more and more present in his recent creations.’
    Gee, I wonder if Thomas knows anyone else who likes architecture a little bit. lol

  • Thassy
  • Thassy

    No wonder she’s playing one onscreen

  • Beedyq

    Ad Astra@adastramovie

    On September 20, his mission begins. See Brad Pitt in #AdAstra
    https://twitter.com/adastramovie/status/1148783555977392129
    Ad Astra | Highly Classified

  • Quene Valeria Bullen Tewdwr

    Lol we read this like 2 weeks ago!

  • Beedyq

    The Mouse House is putting some money and early muscle into the AA promotion…good news 🤗 🤩

  • Felinelilly

    That looks really good, and I don’t even like space movies.

  • Beedyq

    Like I said on the last thread, news is kinda thin right now so JJ is going with what little is out there
    😂 🤣 😂 🤣 😂 🤣

  • Beedyq

    Thanks.

    Like minds huh LOL

  • Thassy

    La Cinémathèque
    @cinemathequefr
    Rétrospective JAMES GRAY, en sa présence et avec son dernier film AD ASTRA en avant-première

  • Beedyq

    It is perfect casting. Now who will be cast as Ken and Skipper.

  • Felinelilly

    Just a tad. 😁

  • Morales

    She is really beautiful and has a great charisma

  • Morales

    Thank you Thassy :-)

  • Tickleme-pink

    Hey all.

    Glad I caught you. I finished watching LALockup. Lizzie should be sent back to jail. If a man had hit a woman like that there would have been police called.

  • Thassy
  • Tickleme-pink

    Is this for a new interview. Wonder if it’s at his home. That background is very beautiful.

  • Tickleme-pink

    thanks.

  • Passing Through

    Are we here now or still on the Angie thread?

  • Beedyq

    Art Streiber did Brad’s recent GQ Australia photoshoot…maybe an outtake.

    Or a new interview.

  • Beedyq

    https://variety.com/2019/film/news/rip-torn-dead-dies-men-in-black-larry-sanders-show-1203263099/

    Rip Torn, ‘Men in Black,’ ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Star, Dies at 88
    May he RIP

  • Tickleme-pink

    Thanks Bee so these are shots from that day I would guess.

    OH wait.. I see this is for ELLE

  • Passing Through

    He’s really cracking me up with how he truly cannot be arsed to do proper photo shoots and make them snap him in whatever sloppy mess he’s wearing. Only people as beautiful as Brad and Angie can get away with crappy wardrobes…

  • Beedyq

    Variety is saying this today but leaving out Salma and I read that MBB said she was not in this film when asked if she was, so I am still gonna wait for some official confirmation…🤨

    What to Expect From Marvel’s Comic-Con Presentation — and Why It’s So Pivotal

    “Supreme Geek and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is expected to unveil brand-new franchise starters at the convention in late July. Chief among them is “The Eternals,” a series about godlike alien beings to be adapted by indie director Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”) and starring Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden and “Stranger Things” lead Millie Bobby Brown.”

    https://variety.com/2019/biz/features/avengers-marvel-comic-con-hall-h-1203262777/

  • Passing Through

    I saw this at TMZ yesterday. Not gonna lie – I thought he was already dead.

    Also, I think Ross Perot died the same day. I congratulated myself for knowing he wasn’t already dead…

  • Passing Through

    I was just giving Moron Spice shite about this on the other thread. She asked why they said MBB was in the movie and I graciously pointed out – because someone told them she is. LOL! I mean really…just wait and find out. The Mouse House ain’t gonna announce anything until they’re ready…

  • Quene Valeria Bullen Tewdwr

    I actually saw Lizzie in my hometown a few weeks ago, with her daughter. She is NUTS and acts like a teenager!

  • Beedyq

    I really did think H Ross was long since gone on.

  • Beedyq

    Yeah I noticed the ELLE in the corner so that is why I said maybe a new interview.

  • Tickleme-pink

    Good. Wonder if this one is for Ad Astra.

  • Tickleme-pink

    PT you need to make a list of who you think is still alive. Because you think everyone is dead. LOL

    RIP Rip Torn.

  • Thassy

    TIFF
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    🚨 So is Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

    🎟s on sale today for Members, July 12 for public. Get first access at

  • Tickleme-pink

    OMG.. I want to grab Scott and tell him to grow a pair. This man has not self esteem. NONE. She is abusive to him. And the fact that the show allows it makes me sick. He needs to learn to love himself more. Because no woman wants someone that is a door mat.

  • Passing Through

    Here’s why Paramount pulled the pulled on WWZ – because they can’t afford to take a chance on a not-yet-a-franchise sequel when they’re beating dead horses like the Terminator movies. Now there’s yet another sequel after the last 2 or 3 lost shit loads of money. And of course they’re hyping the new female “action” 2nd lead as a woman who will, “…scare the fuck out of mysogynists.” Why can’t a woman just be badass – no excuses, no points to make? See: Linda Hamilton in the 2nd Terminator. She’s back for this movie, too, so why can’t Sarah Connor stil be badass in her 50s and carry the movie by herself when 72 y.o. Ah-nuld still gets to be badass and be the lead? #MeTooNotSoMuch. LOL! I love it when men think they’re being progressive but it really just comes off sounding condescending.

    https://variety.com/2019/film/features/director-tim-miller-terminator-dark-fate-comic-con-1203262797/

  • Beedyq

    OUATIH is going to be at TIFF?

  • Beedyq

    Could be.

  • Tickleme-pink

    I remember the original ones. And when Linda got all buff for the movie it was the talk. And she kicked butt. Now just like you say they have to make such a point of the woman wearing the pants. We don’t need the alert. Just have her do her thing and we will be glad. Another reboot. Boring.

  • Passing Through

    If they’re famous and really old – chances are good that I think they’re already dead. LOL!

  • Tickleme-pink

    I’ve enjoyed the interviews focusing on the movie. I would love for Brad to do another interview just talking about his filmography. A nice long sit down. It would be a must see or read.

  • Thassy

    I think so

    TIFF
    @TIFF_NET
    Throw it back with these Tarantino 💎s at TIFF:
    PULP FICTION — July 17
    JACKIE BROWN — July 22

  • Passing Through

    Exactly. That’s what’s so condescending about it. They don’t announce that The Rock is going to “scare the fuck out of racists” - so why do they need to announce that a woman will scare misogynists? It’s insulting…

  • Passing Through

    It’ll already be in theaters, so what’s the point? A QT retrospective?

  • Tickleme-pink

    It’s a turn off for me. Look at women like Bette Davis.. I know a long time ago. But you didn’t need to say anything about her. When she was on the screen she was IT. She ruled. Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn. Why aren’t they remaking some of the movies these women ruled in long ago. I would love to see a Bette Davis movie remaid with a update. Those are the things I want rebooted.

  • Patty Smyth

    Hello All…thanks for leaving the bread crumbs to the new Brad threat…let peace rain!!!