Quentin Tarantino

If there is anyone that knows about the ups and downs of the movie making business and how fickle Hollywood can be, it is film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor Quentin Tarantino.  The Academy Award winning screenwriter has done a series of interviews in the last couple of weeks.

Tarantino appeared on the “Tonight Show” about a week ago and hinted about his next film project.  If history is any indication, we have to take this with a grain of salt. There have been projects that Tarantino has scrapped for one reason or another.

Tarantino also found time to chat recently with “The Talks”. In the interview the Tennessee native talks about his obsession with women’s feet, how he comes up with some of his most memorable characters and the one thing that he fears.  Below is an excerpt from the interview. Check out the full interview here.

What is your recipe for writing such vivid characters?

This is not in any way a facetious answer to this, but: I am a writer. That’s what I do. It’s a writer’s job not just to write about himself but to look at the rest of humanity and explore it – other people’s way of talking, the phrases they use. And my head is a sponge. I listen to what everyone says, I watch little idiosyncratic behavior, people tell me a joke and I remember it. People tell me an interesting story in their life and I remember it.

And if you don’t remember it?

Then it was probably not worth remembering. The thing is, it’s in there – whether it’s six months or fifteen years later, when I go and write my new characters, my pen is like an antenna, it gets that information, and all of a sudden these characters come out more or less fully-formed. I don’t write their dialogue, I get them talking to each other.

How many movies would you estimate you’ve seen in your life?

I have no clue, I couldn’t venture to guess. But from 17 to 22 I used to make a list of every movie I saw in a given year in the theaters, including revival theaters. If it was a new release I circled the number. And I would pick my favorite movies and give out my little awards. It was always the same amount back then, it was 197 or 202. And that’s when I was broke and I was paying for these movies myself. Back at my most voracious moviegoing, 200 was the average.

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