Saying Quentin Tarantino is a determined and dedicated filmmaker is an understatement. Since bursting onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs in 1992, each of his films has been nothing short of epic productions with all-star casts. A number of them have been big box office draws and even earned him two Oscar wins and two more nominations. Now, with a recent documentary detailing the director’s productions, a bit more insight is given to the man behind A Band Apart films.
In the documentary QT8: The First Eight, which tells full behind-the-scenes stories of Tarantino’s productions, director Eli Roth went into deep detail about his time as Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz on the set of Inglorious Basterds. He brought up a specific method Tarantino uses with his casts, and how it eventually lead to an extra’s removal:
“We all sat around and everybody had their scripts and lines. Quentin said to close our scripts and asked us who we were. You had to go on and on and on about your backstory. [Quentin asked], ‘How did you feel when he joined the Bastards?’ There was one person who didn’t know, and he wasn’t there the next day. That guy was an extra. I was really training for it.”
The fact that even an extra with no speaking parts was removed for not knowing his character’s backstory shows the extreme attention Tarantino expects from his entire cast. Roth also discussed how Tarantino would extend shooting days and not warn him, leaving Roth frustrated and angry, all to bring out the proper emotion Tarantino wanted for the Donowitz character’s first appearance–when he viciously bashes in a Nazi’s skull with a baseball bat.
QT8: The First Eight premiered October 21st in theaters and will be available for VOD platforms on December 4th.
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