Holy crap, this is so interesting, thanks for that moussemaker (as always)!
I think I remember reading that De Niro was initially set to play Max Cherry, but this solidifies it. It’s so interesting to hear how these movie producers and directors talk to each other and especially how they talk about actors. It’s like the Hitchcockian thing of “actors aren’t shit, compared to me”. Also, very interesting how Weinstein feels that De Niro’s real-life predicament could play into his role of Louis.
Also, what’s intriguing to me is how someone I thought was humble, actually thinks a lot of himself. It’s unclear whether De Niro made specific reference to Travolta, but in hindsight it was a very fucking stupid thing to say. Travolta’s role as Vincent Vega is untouchable. Nobody could have pulled it off as perfectly as he did. What’s more, De Niro as Gara doesn’t even come in to my top 10 favourite QT characters list. Yeah, he was good in the role, he was very convincing (now we know why, LOL ;D), but no way was it groundbreaking or spectacular. It’s especially surprising given that De Niro actually SET OUT to show people what he’s made of. If he tried and didn’t get very far, what does that say?
Furthermore, when Weinstein mentions De Niro can play a certain kind of a role for next 20 years, what role was that? If he did actually go along and change the course of his career, it effectively became his demise as nothing he has done since 1997’s Jackie Brown has been anything to be particularly proud of. Hey, I love De Niro as much as the next man, but there is no denying that he has fallen off BIG TIME. Such a shame really.
I love when QT talks business because he is so “in-the-know”, and so clinical and ruthless if needs be. QT don’t be fucking around, even if it’s regarding someone who’s considered by many as the greatest living actor. Incredible.