What has Quentin Tarantino been going on about in his recent interviews? Like, the dude can talk at the best of times, but he has been tying interviewers up in knots in his latest round of promotion for his well-received ultra-violent Western The Hateful Eight.
Perhaps he’s jealous that one of the upcoming Marvel movies, Avengers: Infinity War, features 67 superheroes, because the maverick film director has been banging on about how all the characters from his films exist in the same universe.
““There is actually two separate universes”, he said on Australian talk show The Project. “There is the realer than real universe, alright, and all the characters inhabit that one. But then there’s this movie universe. So From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, they all take place in this special movie universe. So when all the characters of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, when they go to the movies, Kill Bill is what they go to see. From Dusk Till Dawn is what they see.”
What can we unpick from his quite baffling statement? As SlashFilm points out, even characters from very chronologically disparate Tarantino movies are related – for example Lee Denowitz (Saul Rubinek) from 1993’s True Romance and Sgt. Donny Donowitz (Eli Roth) from 2009’s Inglorious Basterds. But even if the characters aren’t related by blood, they still go and watch other at the cinema? Those alternate universe ticket sales must be a nightmare for Tarantino’s accountant.
And that wasn’t his only recent revelation about his characters. Apparently one character from The Hateful Eight, which stars the director’s favourite actors Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth, is related to someone from a previous masterpiece.
“I don’t want to say it point blank ‘boom!”, but if you’re a fan of my work and are familiar with it you could be a bit of a detective,” Tarantino said. “I will say that there is one character amongst the eight that is related to one of my other characters in one of my other films. I can’t explain the relation because that would tip my hat a little bit too much,” he hinted. “The only other clue I can give… is that the actor was originally cast as that character in the other film but they weren’t able to do it due to a scheduling conflict.”
Who could it be? Pulp Fiction’s gangster bad lad Vince Vega (John Travolta)? Kill Bill’s kung fu killer The Bride (Uma Thurman)? Let’s light up a Red Apple cigarette – the kind favoured by Tarantino’s characters – and think very hard about this.