12-year-old Tarantino

Posted by · 7:55 am · August 18th, 2009

I went searching on YouTube for an embed of last night’s Letterman show featuring Quentin Tarantino and ended up stumbling onto this 12-year-old clip of the director promoting “Jackie Brown” on the show in 1997.  I was immediately struck by his humility, his sense of humor, his all around manners, etc.  It’s a completely different Tarantino than the guy we’re putting up with these days.  I like this guy.  I miss this guy.

Last night’s appearance, with a slightly more pompous “look at me” Tarantino (or maybe it’s just me), after the jump.

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  • 1 8-18-2009 at 8:28 am

    Cde. said...

    The differences between the first and second interviews are subtle, but noticeable. There are much worse videos from a few years back that show Tarantino’s hideous ego out in full force.

    It’s possible that he’s a bit more reserved and humble as of late after the failure of Grindhouse.

  • 2 8-18-2009 at 8:33 am

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    Actually I thought last nights Letterman gig was very good. I didn’t think he was too full of him self. Tarantino clearly loves movies but the thing I think he doesn’t totally get is that the vast majority of people are not into his films.
    I think it would be fun if he helmed a James Bond film or something like that and show what he could do with a big mainstram franchise property. Personally I think Basterds will have a decent opening and then a very quick fade from theaters. He has his supporters but if Weinstein co. goes by- by it will be interesting to see were his career goes especially if this film doesn’t score at the box-office. At the end of the day movies have to make money and someone has to pay the piper.


  • 3 8-18-2009 at 9:13 am

    James D. said...

    “When you see it a second time”. You have to love the ego.

  • 4 8-18-2009 at 10:11 am

    Zan said...

    I love that line about Basquiat. And I love how Letterman is partially retarded.

  • 5 8-18-2009 at 10:34 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I think he’s just good at playing the simpleton. More often than not, he’s much smarter than he lets on.

    Letterman, that is.

  • 6 8-18-2009 at 10:46 am

    cinebrooding said...

    The title of this post totally makes it seem like the clip has Quentin when he was 12.

  • 7 8-18-2009 at 11:23 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yeah, kind of meant it to read that way. A nod to the boyish charm he still seemed to have.

  • 8 8-18-2009 at 11:35 am

    Jacqueline E. said...

    I don’t know… I think the guy was probably just as egomaniacal back then. I mean Tarantino had the nerve, with merely a single low budget movie under his belt, to demand Oliver Stone not touch Natural Born Killers. This was back when Stone was a top dog in Hollywood and had just come off one of his most successful movies(JFK).

    This is Quentin talking about ordeal two years ago:

    “In the case of Oliver Stone he was partly involved in this Byzantine theft of Natural Born Killers and he tried to rewrite it. You don’t rewrite my shit. Every screenwriter in Hollywood is up for grabs in this way insofar as they can be rewritten. Not me. You don’t do it to me. I’m going to let you know you can’t do it to me. And there will be a price you’ll pay for doing it to me. And you won’t ever do it again.”


  • 9 8-18-2009 at 12:59 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yeah, fair enough.

  • 10 8-18-2009 at 1:01 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Reading through that interview, I never knew he turned down Speed. Interesting, then, that it popped up on that list of his 20 best since 92.

  • 11 8-18-2009 at 2:58 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Oh please, Kris. Quentin Tarantino only comes off as “arrogant” to you because his name is Quentin Tarantino and you hate his guts.

    Of course he has less humility, he’s made more movies and naturally that comes with more confidence in your abilities. Let’s see if there’s any change in behavior from 2001 Christopher Nolan to 2009 Christopher Nolan, and see how “slightly more pompous” he comes off as. Better yet, let’s see you dedicate an entire thread to it.

  • 12 8-18-2009 at 4:03 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I don’t hate his guts. Rampant, baseless speculation. I have qualms with his creative decisions over the past few years and have pointed them out. My review of Inglourious Basterds is quite fair (and certainly not in the minority).

    You just can’t let it go, so grow up, make it about the topic, not the person. Seriously, I’m getting a 12-year-old tantrum vibe from you here.

    By the way, I would gladly dedicate an entire thread to Christopher Nolan’s change in behavior if it existed to be documented, but, alas, it hasn’t.

  • 13 8-18-2009 at 4:16 pm

    Cde. said...

    Interesting you say that, entertainmenttoday, given that Tarantino wanted to direct Casino Royale years back.
    I saw an interview from Cannes 2007 where Tarantino said that when he was asked to add something to his script (hard to remember the specifics) and stated something like, ‘and because I’m such a great writer, I said, yeah, why not!’. He also talked about his cast making him realize that his writing was even better than he thought it was.

  • 14 8-18-2009 at 4:22 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Since several of your last posts have been quite keen on railing against how he’s “lost his touch” and is “too self-indulgent,” calling you out on this repetitive BS is hardly a “12-year-old tantrum vibe.” Especially since I know I’m not the only person who’s tired of it.

    For the last few weeks, you’ve taken care to highlight every single op-ed (that otherwise would have almost certainly been merely a footnote in your “Roundup thread”) bashing the man, and I coulnd’t help but laugh at “make it about the topic, not the person.” That’s nice, Kris, way to give me that sage advice on a thread trying to puntitively cut down a director.

    The funny thing is that I agree that Tarantino has lost his touch, but notice how I don’t seeth over it for several weeks?

    Sunday can’t come soon enough, then you’ll finally let this ridiculous crusade go and move on to something else.

  • 15 8-18-2009 at 4:31 pm

    rafael said...

    hamer relax.everyone is entitled to their own point of view and you should let kris think what he wants

  • 16 8-18-2009 at 4:44 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Hamer: Whether you’re the only person who’s tired of it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t write to fill yours or anyone else’s needs.

    Anyway, it’s not a crusade, it’s addressing interesting pieces and ideas as they come to me. If you don’t like it, the net is a pretty big place. Move…on…

  • 17 8-18-2009 at 5:34 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    The only talk-show we’re ever going to see Christopher Nolan do is Charlie Rose. Maybe.

  • 18 8-18-2009 at 6:25 pm

    Robert Hamer said...


    The irony is killing me. One more week…

    “everyone is entitled to their own point of view and you should let kris think what he wants”

    Did I EVER say that Kris wasn’t entitled to his opinion or couldn’t think what he wanted? No, and to suggest that I did is dishonest. He has every right to post several dozen posts repeating his personal dislike of Tarantino ad nauseum, and I have every right to call it petulant and irritating.

    “The only talk-show we’re ever going to see Christopher Nolan do is Charlie Rose. Maybe.”

    It’s a shame James Lipton doesn’t interview directors from time to time. “What…is your favorite word?” “That would have to be ‘anterograde’.” What is…your least favorite word?” Probably ‘bat-nipples,’ or is that two? Hell, I don’t care; I’m Chris Nolan, bitch!”

  • 19 8-18-2009 at 6:46 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The difference that seems to be lost on you, Hamer, is that I actually intend to provoke conversation with what I post here.

  • 20 8-18-2009 at 7:45 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    “…I actually intend to provoke conversation with what I post here.”

    As long as they agree with you.

  • 21 8-18-2009 at 7:48 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    No, I’m happy to engage with thoughtful rebuttals. I always have been. Personal sniping, not so much.