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  • Hello and welcome to this entertainment weekly round table for Quentin Tarantino's ninth movie once upon a time in Hollywood
  • My name is Clark Collis, I'm a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly magazine and it is my huge
  • huge pleasure to be joined by writer director Quentin Tarantino and
  • Three of its cast Margot Robbie Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt folks. Thanks so much for coming. I really appreciate it
  • so as you may have
  • Tailed by my accent. I'm not from Los Angeles
  • But I moved here a year ago, and I've had some ups and downs, but I just love this movie so much
  • It is such a like it's really profoundly affected me and the way that I see Los Angeles and I was kind of driving around
  • Yesterday with Neil Diamond cranked up wishing I had a convertible
  • I started getting a bit choked up just thinking about
  • what happens in the film and it really I mean it said in 96 and I will get into your you know characters in a
  • Moment but Quentin, were you always intending for this to be like a basically a Valentine to Los Angeles?
  • Yes, it was I mean I I I grew up in Los Angeles and I loved it I loved it the way that
  • the only people who truly loved it are the people who who loved it the right way or the people who grew up here and
  • Know you can love it in your own way
  • But
  • The thing is especially says like when it came to 1969 I was like between 6 & 7 years old and
  • And so the film became a big memory piece and
  • You know a big part of my memory of Los Angeles at that time is being in the car
  • with my stepfather being in the car with my mom and
  • driving around and listening to the radio playing all the time and how we listen to the radio back then which is different than the
  • Way we listen to the radio now where you just you you you you kept it on one station
  • You didn't move around looking for songs
  • and then when the the commercials played you played the radio really loud and when the commercials played you didn't turn the radio down you
  • Just talked over. It's over the already loud radio
  • and and I you know, I remember the bus stops advertising the you know, uh,
  • the rerun shows that are on the local television stations and the movie posters and the mio
  • diet right RC Cola
  • Billboards all that kind of stuff. That's what I remember. In fact, there's even um,
  • my stepfather drove a Karmann Ghia
  • like cliffs character dries and even that hole shot where you see cliff driving by those signs and like well
  • That's pretty much my view me up at my stepfather in the Karmann Ghia as he drove around Los
  • Angeles's me looking up with him like that an angle very similar to what we had with Wrath
  • so it's like yeah, so it's a yes, so
  • In the same with a Jackie Brown, I think has the kind of me trying to capture the South Bay of the 80s
  • That's what I was trying to do with this and some of the characters and the a lot of the characters in the film are
  • fictional although perhaps inspired by real people
  • But the film also features some real characters and Marga you play Sharon Tate is very much a real person
  • what does your
  • Sharon like I
  • think
  • Definitely what I felt when reading the script was that
  • Quentin and we spoke about it
  • She was a bit of a heartbeat throughout the story and I wanted to therefore inject her with as much
  • life as
  • as possible and and also to
  • Try and show the best parts of myself because by all accounts for anything I've ever read about it
  • people say how wonderful she was and generous and
  • Also, I think at that time she was it was an incredibly exciting time in her life
  • she's
  • newly married and her careers really taking off in
  • Hollywood is is an exciting place where there's so much opportunity and experiences to be had and you know
  • therefore I wanted to feel hopeful I wanted her to feel excited and
  • Yeah, it was really beautiful to be able to have those more
  • Quiet moments to ourselves where she's just kind of loving life in Hollywood
  • And there's that wonderful in that wonderful see where she essentially goes to see a film that she's in
  • But there's a very sweet moment which she bowls up to the the cinema and is like, hey, I'm in this movie
  • Can I can I come and see it?
  • Has anyone have any of you ever done that it?
  • Life sort of turned up at a cinema and being like I'm in this film or I directed this film
  • III did that once at the Brewin no less I
  • Wonder where you got it from this
  • Date and I went to see true romance and then I thought well, you know, I wrote this thing
  • Maybe they'll let me in for free. All right
  • Not because you're on a date
  • Yeah, not because nothing is that was stressing the money just being actually I'm in the movie right there. She's not stressing the 75-cent
  • She's almost just proud to be in the movie. Do I get a little consideration?
  • That's funny and so I bring up
  • To the manager and he starts my girlfriend starts negotiating it
  • He's like well, how do I know? He's in the mood?
  • Well, I know he wrote that someone she he can show you his driver's license
  • His name is right there and then but Reservoir Dogs had already come out
  • So then a couple of people like come up to me and start asking for my autograph
  • And so I decided my autograph and then the manager of the theater goes well, who are those people he goes? Those are his fans?
  • But he saw me with my fans and
  • Leah tell us about about your character and once upon a time in Hollywood
  • Well was it was?
  • Interesting to play this sort of guy that is in a way
  • reached this expiration date culturally and
  • The 60s have come along and as Quentin eloquently, you know puts in the movie
  • He's a he's a he's an actor that has spent his career combing
  • Is there hair and and creating a pompadour his whole life is that's what he knows and he's not making this sort of
  • transition into this new era of Hollywood and
  • He's also feeling sorry for himself
  • He's a working actor, but he he kind of missed out on that op that television to film
  • Transition that actors like Steve McQueen did where they were able to make that jump and have these sort of amazing careers
  • He's he's stuck in this rut
  • And you know, it's what's what's so interesting is you know
  • Quinton puts all of this in the sort of two-day time span and then he gave this amazing backstory to all of us
  • but so much of these characters and what they're going through emotionally in this transition that Rick Dalton is going through
  • Accepting his sort of faith
  • But also realizing that if he gives a little more and tries a little harder and stops
  • Feeling so damn. Sorry for himself there
  • there are some possibilities out there but
  • Was so great was was to be able to have all that knowledge
  • And all that wealth of our back stories in this to day life timespan, you know
  • and how did you prepare to play an active fill of self-doubt is that it was a reach I think that
  • There's not an actor out there that would not
  • Twelve headed hydro come out. I wasn't thinking on you particularly right and Brad you play
  • You play a stunt man. He was essentially in a different era. We would essentially be the Batman really two layers character
  • not the not the cartoon character, but the you know the
  • Assistant is is the guy that fixes things for the Gopher. Yes
  • I didn't want to say what was you tell us a little bit about about your character?
  • Just that, you know
  • They they come from this era when when an actor and a stuntman were had a greater partnership and had more
  • Say on what was going to be in the film. You know, what the
  • what would take place in the scene and
  • And at this point, we're on the tail end I say we because I'm on his coattails
  • Might I have a job if Rick Dalton has a job and if Rick Dolan doesn't have a job
  • I probably don't but I've been he's he's he's kindly hired me to you know work odd jobs. And so I am
  • I'm doing I'm doing whatever he needs and you have one of the film's most there's like almost like a five minute sequence
  • Where you feed a dog, essentially which doesn't sound that exciting. Yeah, that's the best
  • pet feeding sequence
  • since
  • The Long Goodbye, basically when he's getting the carry brown cat force
  • But what I'd like to read that there was that fun to do that, you know
  • This is just you and a dog in the trail. I cannot take any credit for that
  • it's very, you know a
  • Ken Quentin's constructed this two days in a life for what becomes two and a half days, I guess ultimately
  • But two days in the life of these characters at different Stratos
  • of their of their careers and and in life in Hollywood and
  • Where was I heading with that?
  • Things I like about that scene is
  • So you see he turns on the TV Mannix is playing and the opening of Mannix plays as he does everything
  • I like the fact that the Mannix theme song
  • Starts feeling like the cliff theme
  • Show I mean my that was my dad's favorite shows
  • It was always in there
  • What are they?
  • Pushing over him to say. Yes Oh Maddox is this show and we lived a few streets over from the neighborhood drive-in and
  • Would hop over at our friends house to watch the wants to drive into the backyard
  • So and Marga, how did you get cast in the film? You wrote Quentin the letter, is that right? Would that works made?
  • Yeah, you should try it
  • Please carry on it actually was fairly easy as easy as that
  • it worked out I yeah, I
  • Definitely didn't expect to it to work out
  • So well, I just wanted to let him know how much I love these movies and how it kind of
  • Yeah, that shaped my childhood really in a big reason. What about that part?
  • Your old Margo I'm this old director, but that's but that's interesting Boyd is not
  • Shaped my twenties, okay
  • And and we met up and
  • Had lunch and chatted and he was like, do you know who Sharon Tate is and I was like, actually I do
  • Yeah, and we spoke and then I got to read the script and I think it was a similar process
  • We all y'all go to sit and catch in Quentin's kitchen nook and read the sky was even allowed in the kitchen
  • I got sent to the back porch. Oh, really? I got food. Never really you got food. I got to
  • You go she got food
  • So the guys were relegated to out of the house what I left and I came back she's gonna sprawled out on the couch
  • Took me a long time and by the way, not not to hijack your story or to hijack
  • You surely you would get that. He had one script man. I went back a couple times
  • I don't got one back
  • But you know you get there the first time the scripts, you know, it's a little dog-eared here
  • There might be a little staying here by the time we came back the second time, you know, there's like coffee
  • This is alive this is breathing document know you could you still have that one, you know, she's right
  • Yeah, yeah. Sorry. I you were heading somewhere
  • Perfect and Leo you have this I would spoil what it is
  • We have this amazing scene with with with Luke Perry who plays a TV actor like as your characters
  • You know is essentially and sadly we lost him since the since the film was completed
  • Could you talk a little bit about it about working with him?
  • I was just immediately struck by his his kindness and you know talking about being a native of Los Angeles
  • being around this industry my entire life and really having it, you know in a lot of ways shaped Who I am I
  • There was this immediate
  • Excitement and seeing Luke Perry, you know unset it was incredible
  • I I remember being you know in my teens and he was the
  • manifestation of the new dean on television then everyone was crazy about him and I act I felt this overwhelming feeling of kind of being
  • Starstruck, but then he and I got to sit down and talk about Los Angeles the 90s his life
  • where he where his career gone were my career gone where his life had gone were my and I could I was just so
  • How do I say this the kindness of his character?
  • Just really I don't know it really. Uh, it really affected me when I heard that news. It was it was really heartbreaking
  • Incredibly generous human being
  • And Brad, do you have I think believe this is sort of there's a bit of this in the trailer
  • But you have a fight scene at one point with is it Mike Mo who?
  • Plays Bruce Lee
  • What was what was that like
  • There's pretty good fun
  • I love Mike most story because he was he was an actor who things were working out for him
  • So he'd moved away
  • To brace his family to provide for his family opened up a dojo and then heard about this
  • Did he contact you is that huh? He didn't contact me I think contact eye contact Vicky yet
  • casting and
  • Ends up getting the part he moves away and gets the part and comes back and does this and he he's brilliant
  • Well, he tells it great. He tells a great story. So, okay
  • He's he said actually and this show in humans and everything
  • But basically he runs a dojo out of Wisconsin. And yeah and
  • So he got the part and so he's gonna go back to Wisconsin boat
  • But he got the part soon enough that he could stay for a couple of days so he could be at the the script reading
  • hmm
  • So we just invite him to the script reading. So I want you to go and play Bruce
  • Were you at the script reading and he's already got the part. He knows that so he shows up there
  • He doesn't really know who's in the movie. Is that right?
  • Yeah
  • so he shows up there and then Brad walks through the door and
  • Then Leo walks through the door then Margo walks through the door and Al Pacino walks through the door and Brad
  • Burt Reynolds walks through the door and the Barry walks through the door and Tim Allen is I
  • And he's like flipping the f out. He's just uh, keep it cool
  • Just keep it cool. Don't let everybody know that you are freaking out the citizen
  • That's a Hollywood story. Yeah, and there is I went to the Playboy Mansion I guess a few years before
  • To interview, yeah
  • But I was watching this there's a secret there's a dance sequences that one's more than a dance sequence
  • but the sequence was there was a party at the the
  • mansion and I was sitting there thinking what that looks they've got a hell of a good job of
  • recreating the mansion and then I realized that it was like
  • Sitting next to a purist my friend, obviously the half days are over. What was it like shooting that?
  • I'd been to the Playboy Mansion. I
  • Know where the grotto was and parelle
  • And all the animals are there too
  • That was just the actors
  • What about the theater room didn't have a theater room yeah
  • Yeah his theatre room was
  • You know when she comes walking in dancing by the two stairs hits theater room was just back there
  • I think they just all set on couches in the head of training on the wall
  • no, it was a
  • It was just fun. It was fun
  • iconic it suggested a Hollywood of a different time and
  • And you know and then 69 you could go to the Playboy Mansion and
  • Mama Cass could be sitting there next to Sharon Tate sitting there next to Tony Curtis and
  • Mati Murphy or something like, you know it he kind of covered the whole thing. In fact, apparently I found that like, um
  • When Hef would do is movie nights. I knew a
  • Female friend of mine who showed up at a couple of them's because well they were really great, but they weren't hip
  • That was what was neat about I mean was winning when he meeting is well, it's all these like cool old actors
  • So it's like, you know
  • 79 year old Robert Kulp
  • The you know is always like all these like really cool actors from the 60s that we're friends of Hefner's then who still go to
  • The Playboy Mansion to see the new movies with Hef and they've all gotten older but it's all
  • Cool, Leo. You have a musical moment in the film as well
  • What was what when you were your character appears on the Brill Show while a balloon? Yes when you do a bit of singing
  • Yes, he's got some moves
  • well, um, thank God I wasn't hired for my voice for this movie because
  • We had a couple different songs that we tried one was one whose green door and the other one was
  • Don't fence me in which and we ended up using green door, but you know, it was great
  • It was a lot of fun and and Rick Dalton isn't sort of hired either for his
  • Acting talent for most jobs and most certainly not his singing voice and this is a good display of that
  • a
  • Lot of those guys back then actually on TV shows came out with record albums like hugh o'brian
  • Did and vince Edwards did and all those guys did so Rick didn't do that
  • He knows that he's not a good enough singer to do it out
  • But he's good enough to host hullabaloo and stumble through two songs if he had she would have gotten paid
  • He may have done out. We're doing a Christmas album
  • But
  • you do have one of the
  • Sort of what are the hinges of the movie is the relationship between your two characters and you do in the movie?
  • you know seem to have a very
  • Easygoing relationship me I'm did you know each other particularly? Well beforehand. Did you just fall into it or
  • Certainly over the decades we cross paths
  • And there was just a shorthand of a real shorthand with us coming I don't we both we all pop kind at the same time
  • Been through the you know, it's the same
  • The same timeframe certainly probably all stayed in the same Suites. It always freaks me out, by the way
  • Do you know what I mean? It's a little weird. It's a little weird when you think about it, but
  • We'll get back to you doll of the Year at the Tokyo
  • You know, we all stay in the same
  • Anyway, we'll get back
  • But it's alright, it's time the same places. They're just much cheaper
  • Yeah, but I mean the same room, you know, the same beds same toilet. It's probably same robes
  • I'm gonna get all
  • Anyway
  • Just a just a real shorthand and respect and and and good laughs on
  • Set and and and I think we both know having really close friends that you know to get through
  • this thing
  • In one piece meaning I guess I'm talking about
  • Celebrity and you need really close friends and to have that that and we've all had those relationships. Yeah
  • Okay, you know you go to locations for eight months at a time and the guy that's your security or your standard
  • They become your best friends and the person the family day and that that's that's what I loved about this sort of
  • this this screenplay is this this partnership of these guys that are on the outskirts of the industry and
  • trying to sort of pave their way and find their footing still and and survive their working-class actors in a
  • transitional time in Los Angeles and in America
  • But they rely on one another they have one another and it may be a you know professional relationship
  • But it becomes like family and that is something I think certainly with these characters. I kind of knew who they were
  • Having grown up in LA having friends like this having you know
  • You know that kind of dynamic. It just it wasn't something that we needed
  • it wasn't some foreign land that we needed to you know, investigate or
  • Envelop ourselves into I was very familiar. Well folks right a time. Thank you so much for chatting with me today
  • The film is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It is out July 26th
  • Fantastic, I thank you so much. Quentin Tarantino Margot Robbie Leonardo DiCaprio. Mr. Brad Pitt
  • Jasprit, shoot. Thanks a lot. Yes
  • Thank you
  • Yeah

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