I know it isn’t a popular opinion but how is QT going to grow as an artist if he keeps going back to basics…
I wouldn’t go so far as to say re-using actors is “going back to basics”. At the end of the day, QT chooses who he thinks fits the role. If he can’t get his first choice, he’ll get somebody else and still gets the best performance out of them. With QT, it’s a lot about “getting” his work, too. People like Sam Jackson and Madsen “get” his work, and so they’re able to satisfy QT to that extent.
Although with his previous film, his casting choices were a bit suspect. A lot of people were sceptical, and for many the scepticsm was well founded. Hence, for these people, they’d much rather see talent that knows how to do it than “talent” that don’t. The end product is quite substantial. How many people are ranting and raving about how many performances in Death Proof? Now compare that with his other films…
Personally, I couldn’t give a fuck if he chooses an actor I’ve never even heard of… AS LONG AS they give a great, if not their best performance. I hadn’t heard of Christoph Waltz before IB, but just looking at him I don’t find it difficult to believe people when they say he’s been doing an excellent job. I can make my mind up when I see his performance.
“Growing as an artist” doesn’t mean you have to use different actors with each film. See: Martin Scorsese.