Cannes 2019: Once Upon a Time in ... Cannes
Flix at the press conference of Tarantino's new film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". What did Tarantino say about Polanski? About the violence of his films against women (and how did Brad Pitt save him)? Why does Leonardo know very well what it means to be an outsider in Hollywood?
It is reasonable. Every year in Cannes there is this one movie, this one press conference, this one cast that everyone wants to see up close. The queue for Quentin Tarantino's press conference was 2.30 hours and a few kilometers away. We walked (journalists are not the most polite people in the world), we were indignant, we were playing wood, but when the door opened and Quentin, Brad, Leonardo and Margot came in, we forgot it all.
The Cannes smelled of Hollywood, not only because in front of us were star-studded personalities. But because the director loves the myth of the film industry so much, almost as much as the films themselves, that every time he opens his mouth to respond to something it's a masterclass pop of references and movie legends.
After all, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", his new film, is exactly that: a love letter to movies and TV series and the music and myths he grew up with. The innocent, the dark, the glittering and the tragic myths that haunted his imagination and gave material to his creative cell to become the fairy tale of our generation. .
Quentin Tarantino: I think because it still seems unthinkable to us what happened. I did a lot of research - I saw everything from movies, documentaries, TV shows, I read all the articles that were written. And it's one of the events that, the more you read, the more information you have, the less you understand. It's unthinkable. The mind cannot fit it. You don't understand it even today. That's why it still eats us. Because we are trying to understand.
Quentin Tarantino: Not the best. The most hot, the most commercial. He had a crazy success then with "Rosemary's Baby". I'm a big Polanski fan. Especially "Rosemary's Baby" is one of my favorite movies.
Leonardo DiCaprio: Of course Rick was an actor too, of course! (laughs) I felt this character very much. Because I know what it means to be out and about looking at the industry as an outsider. Or, to put it better, I have friends who are even fighting and I know what that means. I grew up in the industry from a very young age. I was lucky enough to be grateful. But that doesn't mean I don't know what is playing. That I don't have my eyes open on how relentless the competition is. How can it make you feel that you are not worthy, that the dream has overtaken you. Rick's character moves me. An actor who fights for his own passion and his dream. I was able to identify immediately.
Brad Pitt: I saw the characters of Rick and Cliff as two sides of the same coin. From the beginning I read the script he was the same person to me. Just a different perspective on their life and career. Rick is at the stage of being still insecure, you have high expectations so there are great insecurities. He believes (in a funny way) that everything goes awry, life is against him. And then you see Cliff. This stage has passed. He has accepted standing in industry and life and has done the best he can. That's the key for me - on and off screen. The acceptance. Accept who you are, where you can reach and what life serves you daily. Acceptance.
Leonardo DiCaprio: I think it was shocking how simple and easy it was to work together. But it's not that weird. We are, above all, the same generation. We started our careers almost simultaneously, we have a common path and references. And Quentin made sure we had everything ready: he gave us the story of these two characters, a real Bible about how they got to know each other, what they went through together, so our job was very easy. Brad is not only an amazing actor and a very comfortable man. She is also a great professional. Indeed, this cooperation could not have been more beautiful. And I think together we managed to create something very beautiful - a cinematic starring twin that we aspire to stay in history.
Brad Pitt: I subscribe: it was very easy and intimate to work with Leonardo. There is great joy and excitement and relief when you know that the other side of the stage is the best. Great relief. And, yes, the fact that we grew up together and have common references was great. I had a great time and hope to do it again.
Margo Robbie: I did a lot of research, of course. I searched for her as much as I could. But for a while you let go. You have to forget all that. I think our role as actors is to find out how each character serves the story. What the director wants to say. Here, Quentin wanted to show that Sharon was the innocence, the glitter, the legend of the 60s. That's why I saw her as a sunbeam. I wanted to get something on the screen that reminds me ... light. That for me was the bet and my humble tribute to her memory. Everyone was saying that this girl was the light itself. So that's it.
Margot Robbie: I don't think that dialogue was needed to justify the role. As I said Sharon was light. I was able to show off her sparkle and sweetness and joy without wanting dialogue pages. And I think I showed it. I have rarely been given the opportunity to explore such a woman. Don't be wronged please.
Quentin Tarantino: Yes, shooting a scene that shows violence and involves women is a very special and fragile condition. Not only now, but always. Look I can't answer you in general. I'll only talk to you about the facts of my film. The girls shown here, the girls of the Manson Family, are creepy. This whole story was creepy. At Spawn Ranch I show them the killings are not over yet. I tried to justify them by showing their daily lives there. How they guided tourists, how they loved watching television (though Charlie didn't allow it), how they protected the family.
Brad Pitt: I don't see in the movie anger and violence against characters or gender. I see the rage over the loss of innocence. 1969 was a decisive summer. In the 60's, the freedom of the individual was born through politics, revolution, sex. It was a decade of hope. The tragic murder of Sharon Tate and the rest of that night killed that innocence and hope. And I think this movie shows in a great way.
Quentin Tarantino: Oh the goal wasn't to end up being so self-referential, no, I didn't do it consciously. But it didn't happen otherwise. These are all I love. For example, Rick's character considers it a go-getter for "Tarzan". But for me, putting him next to a half-naked Rong Ilai was a big issue. He is also leaving for Italy to shoot films with Sergio Karbucci. Karbuchi for me was my hero. "Django Unchaned" is deeply influenced by his films. If I were to meet Rick at a Hollywood party I would say to him all the excitement "great movies with God!"
Anyway, yes the movie ended up being an erotic letter to all I love and all I want to enlighten. When I first introduced the script to my assistant director, he came to my house to read it (you all know the script wasn't leaving my house. He went down to the pool, read it and when he came back he said, "Wow Quentin. Your No.9 movie is like all 8 together! "
Leonardo DiCaprio: One cannot imagine what it is like to work with Quentin Tarantino. You think you can, but you can't. Man is a mobile encyclopedia. His level of knowledge in cinema, television, music, pop culture is unmatched. There are no people with deep cinema knowledge of Quentin. His love for this industry. And I'm glad she presented it in this story on the outsiders' side. Because we all have some time felt outsiders in this business. For me, this film is moving. Quentin returns to everything he considers his "home."
Quentin Tarantino: My answer may have changed a few years back. But I got married 6 months ago. Something I've never done. And now I know why: I was expecting the perfect girl. So my biggest success, happiness, my best moment is now. What is happening to me now.