QT/Enzo Interview excerpt from upcoming DVD set:
CASTELLARI: Ahh. And really, Iâ€™m anxious and waiting for that [his movie].
TARANTINO: Well, no itâ€™s funny because, itâ€™s actually, this is a very… a very strange, slash aperpo, slash kismet time to even be doing this interview because Iâ€™m writing it, Iâ€™m right at the very, very end of it right now. Iâ€™ll probably, literally finish at least the first draft like in the next, like week or so. I was even writing on it this morning before I came down here.
And put the pen down to come down here so itâ€™s like… so Iâ€™m right in the zone of finishing it up. So Iâ€™ll be finished up with the script shortly and hopefully weâ€™ll just go into production right away.
CASTELLARI: Great. Great. Great. This…
TARANTINO: [OVERLAPPING] Well, itâ€™s been a long time. I started writing it years ago. I started writing it about six years ago and I wrote a whole bunch of stuff on it but it was just too… it was too big, it was like a novel, I just couldnâ€™t shut my brain off. And I realized Iâ€™d kinda… like, itâ€™s two movies here, so eventually I had to split them up. And so the first one Iâ€™m [LAUGHS] doing now.
CASTELLARI: [LAUGHS] What about the casting? You know, itâ€™s…
TARANTINO: [OVERLAPPING] Right now itâ€™s… Iâ€™m leaving it very open. Iâ€™ve had different people…
CASTELLARI: Oh, fantastic.
TARANTINO: Iâ€™ve had different people on my mind for a few different roles. But a lesson what it is, I keep teaching myself and Iâ€™m tired of learning it. I think Iâ€™ve actually learned it now, I donâ€™t need to mess around anymore, is for the most part, I can write for this person, I can write for that person, Iâ€™ve done that before and it always works out great and when itâ€™s the right person then itâ€™s great. But basically, I wanna just let my characters be my characters, all right? When you start thinking too much about somebody then you start writing for them and you donâ€™t let… and you donâ€™t write stuff they canâ€™t do, you know? And that way your character… and your character is, you know, they can never possibly be what they can become. Or you know, if youâ€™re writing for Joe Shlomoka and all of a sudden Joe Shlomoka needs to be able to speak German, Spanish and Portuguese, well if Joe Shlomoka canâ€™t do that, then all of a sudden that character canâ€™t, you know, youâ€™re not gonna go that way with the character.
But if the character has to be able to speak those three languages, well then you write it down and now you have to find somebody to be that guy and that guy is the character. The character doesnâ€™t get fucked up by limitations of a person. And so that way, Iâ€™m like, you know what? Iâ€™m throwing all the actors out of my head [LAUGHS] and Iâ€™m just letting these guys be who they are and help these women be who they are.
Thanks for posting, that was brilliant. Likewise with your Inglorious Bastards review - very informative, well-structured and well-written . I’ll be looking to buy this 3 disk set now.