| LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES Director Quentin Tarantino has
always been a huge fan of B-movies, that juicy layer of popular
culture dominated by zombies, psychotic killers, violent car
chases and buckets of gore.
Now, four years after the colorful writer/director/producer
and sometime actor paid homage to the martial-arts movie with
his spaghetti-western-meets-eastern-noodle kung fu gore-fest
"Kill Bill," he's back with "Grindhouse."
It's a double-feature exploitation movie, complete with
fake trailers, that he conjured up with B-movie-loving pal
Robert Rodriguez, with enough fake blood, state-of-the-art
visual effects and scantily-clad women to keep every teenage
In a recent interview, Tarantino talked about making a
B-film and how he and Rodriguez were able to persuade an A-list
cast that includes Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage, Kurt Russell and
Rosario Dawson to join in the mayhem.
Q: Was it hard getting stars like Bruce Willis and Nic Cage
to be in a B-movie?
A: "To be honest, it was a big surprise to me. I didn't
even know that Bruce Willis was in Robert's movie until I was
on the set, and I was like, 'What's he doing here?' And then I
saw his green beret and army fatigues and it hit me -- he's not
just visiting the set, he's in our movie! And neither of us
realized that Nic Cage was in Rob Zombie's fake trailer until
we read about it. But obviously they really wanted to be in it,
and they're great."
Q: You collaborated with Robert Rodriguez on 'Sin City,'
but this time you each shot your own separate movie. Is there
ever a sense of competition between you?
A: "With anyone else it would totally be the case, that we
were trying to out-do each other, but it doesn't happen with
us. Our films are ridiculously compatible anyway, and I think
people want to see a Robert Rodriguez movie that's more
high-paced, and I think people who want to see a Quentin movie
want to hear my dialogue and want to see me slow done a little
bit and build up to my big moment."
Q: Kurt Russell seems to be perfectly cast as Stuntman Mike
and looks like he's having a blast. Was he your first choice?
A: "He actually wasn't. I had this other actor in mind at
the start, but things just didn't work out. That can be a good
thing, as you've imagined the role with someone else in mind,
so when all of a sudden you change track, now your movie can be
anything. It's very freeing, and once I thought of Kurt, it
was, 'That's it! If he responds to the character and gets it,
the role is his."'
Q: Is it true you still write your scripts in longhand?
A: "Totally! I used red and black. One of the great things
about being a writer is it gives you complete license to have
whatever strange rituals make you happy and productive.
"I'm not superstitious in my normal daily life but I get
that way about writing, even though I know it's all bullshit.
But I began that way and so, that's the way it is. My ritual
is, I never use a typewriter or computer. I just write it all
by hand. It's a ceremony. I go to a stationary store and buy a
notebook - and I don't buy like ten. I just buy one and then
fill it up. Then I buy a bunch of red felt pens and a bunch of
black ones, and I'm like, 'These are the pens I'm going to
write 'Grindhouse" with."'
Q: What do you like to do when you're not working on a
A: "I like to watch a lot of movies, but I also love to go
traveling. I got into a bunch of different adventures after
"Kill Bill" and before I did this one. I went on a horseback
riding safari in Africa which was great. I'd ridden horses
before, but I had to learn properly, so I spent a month just
doing that before that trip. Then I got to drive a NASCAR on
the NASCAR track - I did 147 mph and eight laps, and that was
so much fun."