Quentin Tarantino is talking about his retirement again
Quentin Tarantino is really serious about this retirement business, isn't he?
It would appear that every time he gets a chance to speak, he wants to make sure everyone knows that, after he registers 10 films to his credit, he's hanging it up to go do something else - novels, plays, angry Reddit threads about ruined childhoods, something. He reiterated that very same point over the weekend as he received a lifetime achievement award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
"I am planning to stop at 10 (films), but at 75 I might decide I have another story to do.”
If we're counting KILL BILL as one film across the two volumes, that leaves only two films left for Tarantino to make before he leaves the life and he's officially out. He's also only 53 years old at the moment, so, if he does later decide he wants to make a comeback, we're going to have to wait 22 years for that to happen and unfortunately some of you will be dead and are going to miss it, so that's a bit of a bummer. But I think this is all about appreciating what you have in the moment before it's gone.
If QT is really serious, then we should treasure the time we have left with him by looking forward to what he's got left in the tank and also understanding what we're going to be losing by revisiting his old films. For example, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, which Tarantino claims contains the best character he has ever written but that also almost didn't exist.
“Landa is the best character I’ve ever written and maybe the best I ever will write. I didn’t realise [when I was first writing him] that he was a linguistic genius. He’s probably one of the only Nazis in history who could speak perfect Yiddish.”
"I was getting worried. Unless I found the perfect Landa, I was going to pull the movie. I gave myself one more week and then I was going to pull the plug. Then Christoph Waltz came in and it was obvious that he was the guy; he could do everything. He was amazing, he gave us our movie back.”
Whew... That was a close one. We're not going to have too many more of those with Tarantino in the future, so enjoy them while they last.
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