As a writer, do you feel as a director you’re reverential to the writer’s work?
Tarantino: Writing is really about creation. You just have a white piece of paper looking back at you. When I’m directing, I’m very faithful to my script until I start shooting. Thats one of the reasons I do a good job on my stuff-I know when to be reverential and know when to say suck it and throw it away, whereas somebody else might not. To me, when I’m direccting, it’s all about capturing a moment. It’s not about what was in your head when you were writing. Now you’re on the set, you’re shooting, you have actors and everything there. How do I feel today? You’re trying to capture that creativity and magic that exists that Tuesday.
Now that you don’t have to write to make a living, is it freeing to be able to write whatever you want, knowing you’ll likely be able to get it made without any struggle?
Tarantino: I’m definatley more precious about writing than I’ve ever been before, especially on
Kill Bill. I really got into the literature of the script, which was less important to me when I was shooting the movie but was all-important when I was writing the movie. It’s all about the page-I’ll make the movie later. It is a different discipline. A case could be made, if I had to pay my rent, you would’ve gotten a whole lot more work out of me. That’s true. Somebody said to me once, “As an artist, you haven’t been giving us your work. An artist owes us their work.” To some degree I agree with that, [but] I’m more along the lines of an artist owes you not to burn out. An artist owes you the best [he] can do every time. There are some directors that have completely different aesthetics, like Takashi Miike, who does five fucking movies a year. That becomes his aesthetic. You’re going to be hit-and miss with this one and that. You’ll love this one, you’ll love moments of that one [Rainer Werner] Fassbinder was like that too. In the course of a 30-year career, I don’t want any of my fans who are going to grow with me or maybe find my shit 15 years from now-like I’ve done with other directors-and have them apologize for the last 20 years of my work. I think one of the ways to combat that is to do it when it means everything to you. If not live a good life.