Quentin Tarantino has rarely set foot wrong since he began his career as an independent filmmaker with Reservoir Dogs almost 30 years ago. Whether writing, acting, producing or directing, Quentin Tarantino is the recipient of numerous awards and a skyrocketing box office, with his last four films in the director’s chair totaling over $1 billion, it’s safe to say his place in Hollywood history has already been secured. . So while he’s on his way to what he’s said will be the last movie he’ll direct, why does one of the industry’s greatest approaches it with a certain sense of trepidation?
In a new interview, Tarantino spoke to Elric Kane and Brian Saur on their Pure Cinema Podcast and explained why he is cautious in choosing his latest film. “Most directors have terrible final films,” he said. “Normally their worst movies are their last movies. That was the case for most Golden Age directors who made their last films in the late ’60s and ’70s, and that was ultimately the case for most New Hollywood films. movies. directors who made their last films in the late 80s and 90s.”
In truth, history tells a pretty depressing tale when it comes to not just the directors, but the final films of some of the greatest actors and film series’ all of which have fallen prey to the dreaded deadweight that has left an otherwise beloved and critically acclaimed catalogue. of success. Gene Hackman (Welcome to Mooseport), John Candy (Canadian bacon – who took the dubious honor of his much-quoted last role in Cars East! which actually came out a year earlier) and Bob Hoskins (Snow White and the Hunter) are just a few whose last roles have left a small blemish on their careers.
While it could be argued that Tarantino is so picky about his movies that it would take a very wild swing for him to miss the target of his last outing before going into his self-imposed retirement, he sees it as a real possibility that he has even considered simply not making another film. “So to actually end your career with a decent movie is rare. To end it with a good movie is quite phenomenal,” he continued. “I mean, most directors’ last movies are f*cking crap… maybe I shouldn’t make another movie because I could be really happy dropping the mic.”
I’m sure there are many who would be disappointed if the director decided enough was enough, what would see Once upon a time in Hollywood be his last film. Despite some controversy over certain character portrayals, the nearly three-hour comedy drama, with its ensemble cast including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, received a solid 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, was nominated for Palme d’Or at Cannes, 10 Academy Awards and 5 Golden Globes, of which it won three, including Best Screenplay for Tarantino and Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. There could certainly be worse movies to end a career on.
Topics: Once upon a time in Hollywood