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Hello and welcome to this entertainment weekly round table for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth movie once upon a time in Hollywood My name is Clark Collis, I’m a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly magazine and it is my huge huge pleasure to be joined by writer director Quentin Tarantino and Three of its cast Margot Robbie Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt folks. Thanks so much for coming. I really appreciate it so as you may have Tailed by my accent. I’m not from Los Angeles But I moved here a year ago, and I’ve had some ups and downs, but I just love this movie so much It is such a like it’s really profoundly affected me and the way that I see Los Angeles and I was kind of driving around Yesterday with Neil Diamond cranked up wishing I had a convertible I started getting a bit choked up just thinking about what happens in the film and it really I mean it said in 96 and I will get into your you know characters in a Moment but Quentin, were you always intending for this to be like a basically a Valentine to Los Angeles? Yes, it was I mean I I I grew up in Los Angeles and I loved it I loved it the way that the only people who truly loved it are the people who who loved it the right way or the people who grew up here and Know you can love it in your own way But The thing is especially says like when it came to 1969 I was like between 6 & 7 years old and And so the film became a big memory piece and You know a big part of my memory of Los Angeles at that time is being in the car with my stepfather being in the car with my mom and driving around and listening to the radio playing all the time and how we listen to the radio back then which is different than the Way we listen to the radio now where you just you you you you kept it on one station You didn’t move around looking for songs and then when the the commercials played you played the radio really loud and when the commercials played you didn’t turn the radio down you Just talked over. It’s over the already loud radio and and I you know, I remember the bus stops advertising the you know, uh, the rerun shows that are on the local television stations and the movie posters and the mio diet right RC Cola Billboards all that kind of stuff. That’s what I remember. In fact, there’s even um, my stepfather drove a Karmann Ghia like cliffs character dries and even that hole shot where you see cliff driving by those signs and like well That’s pretty much my view me up at my stepfather in the Karmann Ghia as he drove around Los Angeles’s me looking up with him like that an angle very similar to what we had with Wrath so it’s like yeah, so it’s a yes, so In the same with a Jackie Brown, I think has the kind of me trying to capture the South Bay of the 80s That’s what I was trying to do with this and some of the characters and the a lot of the characters in the film are fictional although perhaps inspired by real people But the film also features some real characters and Marga you play Sharon Tate is very much a real person what does your Sharon like I think Definitely what I felt when reading the script was that Quentin and we spoke about it She was a bit of a heartbeat throughout the story and I wanted to therefore inject her with as much life as as possible and and also to Try and show the best parts of myself because by all accounts for anything I’ve ever read about it people say how wonderful she was and generous and Also, I think at that time she was it was an incredibly exciting time in her life she’s newly married and her careers really taking off in Hollywood is is an exciting place where there’s so much opportunity and experiences to be had and you know therefore I wanted to feel hopeful I wanted her to feel excited and Yeah, it was really beautiful to be able to have those more Quiet moments to ourselves where she’s just kind of loving life in Hollywood And there’s that wonderful in that wonderful see where she essentially goes to see a film that she’s in But there’s a very sweet moment which she bowls up to the the cinema and is like, hey, I’m in this movie Can I can I come and see it? Has anyone have any of you ever done that it? Life sort of turned up at a cinema and being like I’m in this film or I directed this film III did that once at the Brewin no less I Wonder where you got it from this Date and I went to see true romance and then I thought well, you know, I wrote this thing Maybe they’ll let me in for free. All right Not because you’re on a date Yeah, not because nothing is that was stressing the money just being actually I’m in the movie right there. She’s not stressing the 75-cent She’s almost just proud to be in the movie. Do I get a little consideration? That’s funny and so I bring up To the manager and he starts my girlfriend starts negotiating it He’s like well, how do I know? He’s in the mood? Well, I know he wrote that someone she he can show you his driver’s license His name is right there and then but Reservoir Dogs had already come out So then a couple of people like come up to me and start asking for my autograph And so I decided my autograph and then the manager of the theater goes well, who are those people he goes? Those are his fans? But he saw me with my fans and Leah tell us about about your character and once upon a time in Hollywood Well was it was? Interesting to play this sort of guy that is in a way reached this expiration date culturally and The 60s have come along and as Quentin eloquently, you know puts in the movie He’s a he’s a he’s an actor that has spent his career combing Is there hair and and creating a pompadour his whole life is that’s what he knows and he’s not making this sort of transition into this new era of Hollywood and He’s also feeling sorry for himself He’s a working actor, but he he kind of missed out on that op that television to film Transition that actors like Steve McQueen did where they were able to make that jump and have these sort of amazing careers He’s he’s stuck in this rut And you know, it’s what’s what’s so interesting is you know Quinton puts all of this in the sort of two-day time span and then he gave this amazing backstory to all of us but so much of these characters and what they’re going through emotionally in this transition that Rick Dalton is going through Accepting his sort of faith But also realizing that if he gives a little more and tries a little harder and stops Feeling so damn. Sorry for himself there there are some possibilities out there but Was so great was was to be able to have all that knowledge And all that wealth of our back stories in this to day life timespan, you know and how did you prepare to play an active fill of self-doubt is that it was a reach I think that There’s not an actor out there that would not Twelve headed hydro come out. I wasn’t thinking on you particularly right and Brad you play You play a stunt man. He was essentially in a different era. We would essentially be the Batman really two layers character not the not the cartoon character, but the you know the Assistant is is the guy that fixes things for the Gopher. Yes I didn’t want to say what was you tell us a little bit about about your character? Just that, you know They they come from this era when when an actor and a stuntman were had a greater partnership and had more Say on what was going to be in the film. You know, what the what would take place in the scene and And at this point, we’re on the tail end I say we because I’m on his coattails Might I have a job if Rick Dalton has a job and if Rick Dolan doesn’t have a job I probably don’t but I’ve been he’s he’s he’s kindly hired me to you know work odd jobs. And so I am I’m doing I’m doing whatever he needs and you have one of the film’s most there’s like almost like a five minute sequence Where you feed a dog, essentially which doesn’t sound that exciting. Yeah, that’s the best pet feeding sequence since The Long Goodbye, basically when he’s getting the carry brown cat force But what I’d like to read that there was that fun to do that, you know This is just you and a dog in the trail. I cannot take any credit for that it’s very, you know a Ken Quentin’s constructed this two days in a life for what becomes two and a half days, I guess ultimately But two days in the life of these characters at different Stratos of their of their careers and and in life in Hollywood and Where was I heading with that? Things I like about that scene is So you see he turns on the TV Mannix is playing and the opening of Mannix plays as he does everything I like the fact that the Mannix theme song Starts feeling like the cliff theme Show I mean my that was my dad’s favorite shows It was always in there What are they? Pushing over him to say. Yes Oh Maddox is this show and we lived a few streets over from the neighborhood drive-in and Would hop over at our friends house to watch the wants to drive into the backyard So and Marga, how did you get cast in the film? You wrote Quentin the letter, is that right? Would that works made? Yeah, you should try it Please carry on it actually was fairly easy as easy as that it worked out I yeah, I Definitely didn’t expect to it to work out So well, I just wanted to let him know how much I love these movies and how it kind of Yeah, that shaped my childhood really in a big reason. What about that part? Your old Margo I’m this old director, but that’s but that’s interesting Boyd is not Shaped my twenties, okay And and we met up and Had lunch and chatted and he was like, do you know who Sharon Tate is and I was like, actually I do Yeah, and we spoke and then I got to read the script and I think it was a similar process We all y’all go to sit and catch in Quentin’s kitchen nook and read the sky was even allowed in the kitchen I got sent to the back porch. Oh, really? I got food. Never really you got food. I got to You go she got food So the guys were relegated to out of the house what I left and I came back she’s gonna sprawled out on the couch Took me a long time and by the way, not not to hijack your story or to hijack You surely you would get that. He had one script man. I went back a couple times I don’t got one back But you know you get there the first time the scripts, you know, it’s a little dog-eared here There might be a little staying here by the time we came back the second time, you know, there’s like coffee This is alive this is breathing document know you could you still have that one, you know, she’s right Yeah, yeah. Sorry. I you were heading somewhere Perfect and Leo you have this I would spoil what it is We have this amazing scene with with with Luke Perry who plays a TV actor like as your characters You know is essentially and sadly we lost him since the since the film was completed Could you talk a little bit about it about working with him? I was just immediately struck by his his kindness and you know talking about being a native of Los Angeles being around this industry my entire life and really having it, you know in a lot of ways shaped Who I am I There was this immediate Excitement and seeing Luke Perry, you know unset it was incredible I I remember being you know in my teens and he was the manifestation of the new dean on television then everyone was crazy about him and I act I felt this overwhelming feeling of kind of being Starstruck, but then he and I got to sit down and talk about Los Angeles the 90s his life where he where his career gone were my career gone where his life had gone were my and I could I was just so How do I say this the kindness of his character? Just really I don’t know it really. Uh, it really affected me when I heard that news. It was it was really heartbreaking Incredibly generous human being And Brad, do you have I think believe this is sort of there’s a bit of this in the trailer But you have a fight scene at one point with is it Mike Mo who? Plays Bruce Lee What was what was that like There’s pretty good fun I love Mike most story because he was he was an actor who things were working out for him So he’d moved away To brace his family to provide for his family opened up a dojo and then heard about this Did he contact you is that huh? He didn’t contact me I think contact eye contact Vicky yet casting and Ends up getting the part he moves away and gets the part and comes back and does this and he he’s brilliant Well, he tells it great. He tells a great story. So, okay He’s he said actually and this show in humans and everything But basically he runs a dojo out of Wisconsin. And yeah and So he got the part and so he’s gonna go back to Wisconsin boat But he got the part soon enough that he could stay for a couple of days so he could be at the the script reading hmm So we just invite him to the script reading. So I want you to go and play Bruce Were you at the script reading and he’s already got the part. He knows that so he shows up there He doesn’t really know who’s in the movie. Is that right? Yeah so he shows up there and then Brad walks through the door and Then Leo walks through the door then Margo walks through the door and Al Pacino walks through the door and Brad Burt Reynolds walks through the door and the Barry walks through the door and Tim Allen is I And he’s like flipping the f out. He’s just uh, keep it cool Just keep it cool. Don’t let everybody know that you are freaking out the citizen That’s a Hollywood story. Yeah, and there is I went to the Playboy Mansion I guess a few years before To interview, yeah But I was watching this there’s a secret there’s a dance sequences that one’s more than a dance sequence but the sequence was there was a party at the the mansion and I was sitting there thinking what that looks they’ve got a hell of a good job of recreating the mansion and then I realized that it was like Sitting next to a purist my friend, obviously the half days are over. What was it like shooting that? I’d been to the Playboy Mansion. I Know where the grotto was and parelle And all the animals are there too That was just the actors What about the theater room didn’t have a theater room yeah Yeah his theatre room was You know when she comes walking in dancing by the two stairs hits theater room was just back there I think they just all set on couches in the head of training on the wall no, it was a It was just fun. It was fun iconic it suggested a Hollywood of a different time and And you know and then 69 you could go to the Playboy Mansion and Mama Cass could be sitting there next to Sharon Tate sitting there next to Tony Curtis and Mati Murphy or something like, you know it he kind of covered the whole thing. In fact, apparently I found that like, um When Hef would do is movie nights. I knew a Female friend of mine who showed up at a couple of them’s because well they were really great, but they weren’t hip That was what was neat about I mean was winning when he meeting is well, it’s all these like cool old actors So it’s like, you know 79 year old Robert Kulp The you know is always like all these like really cool actors from the 60s that we’re friends of Hefner’s then who still go to The Playboy Mansion to see the new movies with Hef and they’ve all gotten older but it’s all Cool, Leo. You have a musical moment in the film as well What was what when you were your character appears on the Brill Show while a balloon? Yes when you do a bit of singing Yes, he’s got some moves well, um, thank God I wasn’t hired for my voice for this movie because We had a couple different songs that we tried one was one whose green door and the other one was Don’t fence me in which and we ended up using green door, but you know, it was great It was a lot of fun and and Rick Dalton isn’t sort of hired either for his Acting talent for most jobs and most certainly not his singing voice and this is a good display of that a Lot of those guys back then actually on TV shows came out with record albums like hugh o’brian Did and vince Edwards did and all those guys did so Rick didn’t do that He knows that he’s not a good enough singer to do it out But he’s good enough to host hullabaloo and stumble through two songs if he had she would have gotten paid He may have done out. We’re doing a Christmas album But you do have one of the Sort of what are the hinges of the movie is the relationship between your two characters and you do in the movie? you know seem to have a very Easygoing relationship me I’m did you know each other particularly? Well beforehand. Did you just fall into it or Certainly over the decades we cross paths And there was just a shorthand of a real shorthand with us coming I don’t we both we all pop kind at the same time Been through the you know, it’s the same The same timeframe certainly probably all stayed in the same Suites. It always freaks me out, by the way Do you know what I mean? It’s a little weird. It’s a little weird when you think about it, but We’ll get back to you doll of the Year at the Tokyo You know, we all stay in the same Anyway, we’ll get back But it’s alright, it’s time the same places. They’re just much cheaper Yeah, but I mean the same room, you know, the same beds same toilet. It’s probably same robes I’m gonna get all Anyway Just a just a real shorthand and respect and and and good laughs on Set and and and I think we both know having really close friends that you know to get through this thing In one piece meaning I guess I’m talking about Celebrity and you need really close friends and to have that that and we’ve all had those relationships. Yeah Okay, you know you go to locations for eight months at a time and the guy that’s your security or your standard They become your best friends and the person the family day and that that’s that’s what I loved about this sort of this this screenplay is this this partnership of these guys that are on the outskirts of the industry and trying to sort of pave their way and find their footing still and and survive their working-class actors in a transitional time in Los Angeles and in America But they rely on one another they have one another and it may be a you know professional relationship But it becomes like family and that is something I think certainly with these characters. I kind of knew who they were Having grown up in LA having friends like this having you know You know that kind of dynamic. It just it wasn’t something that we needed it wasn’t some foreign land that we needed to you know, investigate or Envelop ourselves into I was very familiar. Well folks right a time. Thank you so much for chatting with me today The film is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It is out July 26th Fantastic, I thank you so much. Quentin Tarantino Margot Robbie Leonardo DiCaprio. Mr. Brad Pitt Jasprit, shoot. Thanks a lot. Yes Thank you Yeah

100 thoughts on “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Roundtable: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, More | Entertainment Weekly

  1. Read Clark Collis' interview for behind-the-scenes secrets about the highly-anticipated movie straight from Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie ►►

  2. I grew up watching those 2 great actors: Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. I couldn't be happier that they acted together. Leonardo Dicaprio is my favorite. I love every single one of his movies and charachters. Shutter Island is my #1 favorite. Thank you.

  3. This movie was made to insult Bruce lee mostly and then all the patriarchy which made all the movies of that time, exaggerating and producing incorrect appreciations of the movie makers of back then, they use Quentin because basically they search for him because he have naturally all these thoughts about, that is why his success happened, simply put, and if he ever read this it would make him think about it. That is why it was paid for, unfortunately you people cannot understand why would someone make a movie for that particular reason when most of Quentin's movies are paid for to destroy mostly art which have been deemed politically incorrect and an obstacle to agendas so high you are completely unaware of. And that is a sin more powerful forces than all what the money could buy cares for. And then again you would think that is some beliefs nonsense because you ignore what bigger intelligence other than ours is in this planet and what DNA talks about every night to everybody and why, and this last thing is also ignored by the people up there.

  4. Being humble as Brat Pitt is really much harder than you think.
    It takes so much effort and long term commitment to maintain it all times.

  5. I've seen a dozen of these interviews for this movie and Leo does not look very happy or present in most of these… Like he's always in deep ponder mode.

  6. Is it just me or does Brad look like he's biting his tongue about the 'relationships'. I.e Quentin and the Weinstein bros, with whom he's had run ins with. Great interview btw. P.s. Leo should be a politician haha

  7. At first you can't help but notice how easy going and gregarious Brad is. Then Leo at the end shows some real heart and vulnerability. Nice. Oh yeah, Quinten needs to cut back a lil on the caffienne. lol

  8. 19:49 Brad talking about them sharing the same room, beds and robes while Leo smirks widely as if he had planned it out to be closer to Brad

  9. Wow, I'm five minutes in and these people actually seam like the pompous assholes that we all know they are! Hollywood stars are fucking full of themselves. The best part is watching them try to remain humble while simultaneously trying to out do one another! What a fucking joke.

  10. Absolutely terrific acting by Leonardo DiCaprio, the role really played to his strengths I think. Either that, or he matured rapidly as an actor, like a fine wine. Star of the movie, even though one must be in love too with Brad Pitt, the superhero with "Champion" on his t-shirt, owning up zombie-town with balls of steel and a heart of gold 😀

  11. DiCaprio is one my favourite actors, and he was terrific in this movie, but I gotta say that Brad Pitt stole the show with his performance. He must win the Academy.

  12. "the film became a big memory piece. and, y'know, a big part of my memory of Los Angeles at that time was being in the CAR."
    yes, we noticed. i'm not sure exactly how many specific scenes there were of people driving into or around L.A, but . . . what, three? maybe four?? scenes of STRICTLY driving a car from one place to another??? (i'm joshing, though—i happened to LOVE the driving scenes. this movie WILL be remembered, even if only for it's profound sense of place and, especially, time. it's florid, sprawling depiction of Southern California in the late 60s is one of the best i've ever seen. in ANY genre.)

  13. "so i started signing autographs" . . . yeah, that entire getting-in-free-cos-i-wrote-the-movie ploy was a pretty brilliant move. as far as Ways To Impress Your Date, that's about as good as it gets. gotta use what you've got, right, boys? ladies?

  14. It's funny how Leo called Luke Perry the new Dean of Hollywood (back in the day), as that's very much a statement true of Leo now. More so.

  15. What's great about a Tarantino's film is you know whether you want to see it within the first five minutes and he hooks you.

  16. Quentin had his breakthrough in 1992, Margo was born in 1990…yes Quentin you indeed shaped Margo's CHILDHOOD. You and your insufferably weak ego. Good Lord you're thirty years younger than she is. Get a grip.

  17. Fyi: networth in mil $ of;
    Brad: 300
    Quentin :100

    How Quentin earns respect. How polite Brad is. How conservative Leo is. All different characters blending in harmoniously.

  18. I saw this film last night and really enjoyed it. I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and LA, so I really felt like I was in the backseat driving around my old hometown. My Grandma had a little chicken and fruit farm in Van Nuys and I remember that old Van Nuys drive-in movie theater! I also know the Hollywood area and go up often, sometimes even just for a cocktail. Musso & Frank is truly a Hollywood classic! I love that they filmed there… I recognized so many places I felt like I was in the film. Lol I've also always been fascinated by the Sharon Tate story. I read Helter Skelter, so I had certain expectations of the story, but was pleasantly surprised by the twists! I finally understood the film's title at the end of the film and I absolutely loved it! If only we could go back in time… Lastly, I loved the music. Once again, Tarantino delivers a masterpiece. It was a fun one. I look forward to adding the film and, hopefully the soundtrack, to my collection! Thanks for sharing this.

  19. amazing movie….top quentino work…still aviator is the best role leo ever play….love that movie so much…yup

  20. Alote of people didn't like tge movie. I think tgey are alk Great Aa lister actors. The thing is querentino should've hust make a action movie instead. Not something about his life when ge was a kid. He should've gave Lyje and Al pacino a bigger role. Algo why did ge disrespected Bruce lee. Come on darn it.

  21. I’ve never watched these clips ref a movie before but these are fascinating… great anecdotes, tales and explanations of the Art.
    “She got food, he got tea…” – priceless.
    And what down to earth, relaxed, chilled out people they all are…..
    One of the best interviews I’ve ever seen. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  22. Why did you shake Margot's hand last when she was next in line to have her hand shaken? You literally skipped over her to go to Quentin first.

  23. It's so funny…. given Leonardo history with super models, when tarintino was talking about the Playboy mansion…Leo gave him a look like…. "Yes that use to be my second home! Oh the memories!"

  24. Interesting how probably the worlds most cool man is nervous in this interview. Leonardo keeps a serious face whilst the Director laughs as joker and the pretty woman is silent except for the thank you in the bitter sweet end?

  25. Brad is so charming and smooth with interactions. Margot is a beauty with a beautiful smile. Leo has some thoughtful things to add. Quentin may be slightly insane but he is great at his craft. Overall the interview was interesting and funny especially the segment of how they went to Tarantino's place for script reading and Margot getting spaghetti sauce on it. 😂

  26. They are aging pretty people ,that Can't act at all.They are the same in every movie. No range at all. Tom hardy is a actor .Not these george clooney clones.

  27. Leo, Margot & Brad actually don’t seem like the typical Hollywood pricks out there. They just seem like they genuinely care about film and their performances. I don’t recall ever seeing them get angry or acting stuck up for no reason. They just seem sort of normal to me. It seems pretty clear that Tarantino is still completely passionate and invested in film and not cause of money.

  28. Has everyone noticed the shyness of Di Caprio? Always looking down while he speaks. His real personality is so far away from the characters he plays. This is real talent.

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