Say what you will about Quentin Tarantino's quirky persona, but the man's enthusiastic obsession for filmmaking is undeniable. In the August issue of GQ, on newsstands July 21, Quentin talks about all-nighters with Brad Pitt, the all-consuming filmmaking process and how he probably knows more about film than you (no arguments here). Check out a few highlights below, and then see more exclusive coverage here.
He and his bro Brad Pitt, star of his new film "Inglourious Basterds," certainly know how to party:
"'We talked about movies into the wee hours of the night,' Pitt told reporters in May. When I got up the next morning, I saw five empty bottles of wine lying on the floor -- five! -- and something that resembled a smoking apparatus ... And apparently I'd agreed to do the movie.' ... When I ask Tarantino who supplied this apparatus, he says, 'That was Brad. He did the fabrication. He can take a Coke can and make it -- functional.'"
This isn't family business, people, it's show business:
"When I'm doing a movie, I'm not doing anything else. It's all about the movie. I don't have a wife. I don't have a kid. Nothing can get in my way. The whole fucking world can go to hell and burst into flames. I don't care. This is my life. It's Mount Everest. If you're climbing Mount Everest, you're not doing anything else. All your concerns, all the mundane things, family, any of that, it just -- pfft -- disappears. Goes away. It's mist. It's just nothing but the mountain, every single solitary day. I'm not saying that I'll never get married or have a kid before I'm 60. But I've made a choice, so far, to go on this road alone. Because this is my time. This is my time to make movies."
He totally respects his critics. Except he's probably right and they're probably wrong:
"I respect criticism, but I know more about film than most of the people writing about me. Not only that, I'm a better writer than most of the people writing about me. And I can write film criticism better than most of the people writing about me."
Quentin Tarantino is not censor-friendly, that's for sure:
"You can lie about a lot of things, he says, but your filmography doesn't lie. It's right there. And it doesn't give a sh*t about why you did it. It doesn't give a sh*t about what was happening that year in your life, or that gal you were married to. Ten years after the fact, your movies are all created f*ckin' equal. And if you go through their filmographies, directors dont get better. Especially when they've had a serious twenty- or thirty-year career. It's not like theyre waiting for their last five years to make that out-and-out masterpiece. They get worse."
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