Quentin Tarantino is a top director, but he doesn’t count his own movie as the best of 2015. According to Cinema Blend, Tarantino revealed to Premiere that he gives that honor to Mad Max: Fury Road.
“It would have to be the Mad Max movie, Fury Road… I got a print of Mad Max on 35mm and I watched it in my house, and I had it all weekend and I ended up watching it three different times. And I resisted seeing it for a while because I was like, ‘Mad Max without Mel Gibson? Forget that!’ In a world where Mel Gibson exists, how can you cast Tom Hardy? So, I even wanted to get all defiant about it and #NotMyMax. Then I saw the movie and, ‘Okay, it’s terrific,’ and he’s pretty good in it, I have to admit, he’s pretty good.”
— FilmEksis (@FilmEksis) December 26, 2015
With his new movie, The Hateful Eight, just released, Quentin Tarantino talks about why he didn’t make his movie Luke Cage. Indie Wire reports that Tarantino had plans to make Luke Cage after he was done with Pulp Fiction, but it never came to pass. His idea was to cast Laurence Fishburne in the role.
“In the case of Luke Cage, it was my comic geek friends that almost talked me out of it, because I thought Larry Fishburne back in the day would’ve been a great Luke Cage, and they were talking about Wesley Snipes. And I could see them both, but it was like ‘I think Fish would be better.’ And they go, ‘Yeah… he could work out and everything, but he doesn’t have the bod that Wesley Snipes has, and Luke Cage needs to have the bod.'”
All the arguing over the physical characteristics of Luke Cage seemed to turn Quentin Tarantino off the movie in the end.
“I literally was so turned off that that would be their both starting and ending point, that it literally put it in my head that, if I do a comic book movie, it should be an original character. It should be something I create rather than try to fit in.”
But, The Hateful Eight has come to pass and it is a remarkable movie made on 70MM. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that in an interview with Deadline, Quentin Tarantino said The Hateful Eight‘s saving grace is the use of 70MM.
“You can’t even have an intelligent argument about it being bested by the digital stuff. There’s no intelligent argument to be had that puts digital, even the greatest IMAX situation, in front of that. How that actually might be film’s saving grace. It might be film’s last stand. It might be film’s last night in the arena and actually conquer. We’ll see what the deal is.”
— ScreenRelish (@ScreenRelish) January 8, 2016
The 70MM film format has not been used in theaters in over 40 years, which gives the movie a bit of a nostalgic quality to be sure. Check out the full interview below.
The Hateful Eight hit selected theaters on December 25, 2015, and was released nationwide on New Year’s Eve. As for Quentin Tarantino, he revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he plans to only make 10 movies in his career.
“Well I’m probably only going to make 10 movies, so I’m already planning on what I’m going to do after that. That’s why I’m counting them. I have two more left. I want to stop at a certain point.”
It will be a thrill to see what Quentin Tarantino has in store for fans with his final two movies.
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