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“I don’t have a wife, I don’t have a kid”: Quentin Tarantino Went to Extreme Length, Sacrificed a Lot For Brad Pitt’s Movie That Won 8 Oscar Nominations

"I don't have a wife, I don't have a kid": Quentin Tarantino Went to Extreme Length, Sacrificed a Lot For Brad Pitt's Movie That Won 8 Oscar Nominations

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (2009), starring Brad Pitt, is one of the most acclaimed films of his career. The film featured arguably his most iconic villainous character Hans Linda, played by Christoph Waltz, who won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars for the role. The director is known for his obsession with film history and being a huge cinephile. He is extremely dedicated and committed during the process of filming and will go to great lengths to execute his vision.

Tarantino has a significant personal connection with the world of films and filmmaking. He does not want any exterior factors or aspects from his personal life to hamper his process and distract him. This has led him to devote his whole mind, soul, and body to making his films and ensuring their integrity and that they reach up to the level that he envisioned.

Quentin Tarantino Sacrificed A Lot to Perfect Inglorious Basterds

A still from Inglorious Basterds
A still from Inglorious Basterds

In an interview with GQ magazine, director Quentin Tarantino reflected on his filmmaking process, his work ethic, and the priorities that he maintains while shooting a film. He addresses why he keeps the aspects of his personal life away while filming and why that is important. He said,

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“Here’s the thing, when I’m doing a movie, I’m not doing anything else. It’s all about the movie. I don’t have a wife. I don’t have a kid. Nothing can get in my way. The whole fucking world can go to hell and burst into flames. I don’t care. This is my life. It’s Mount Everest. If you’re climbing Mount Everest, you’re not doing anything else. All your concerns, all the mundane things, family, any of that, it just—pfft—disappears. Goes away. It’s mist. It’s just nothing but the mountain, every single solitary day. I’m not saying that I’ll never get married or have a kid before I’m 60. But I’ve made a choice, so far, to go on this road alone. Because this is my time. This is my time to make movies.”

He laid out the importance of maintaining a balance between one’s personal life and professional life and the dangers of the two intermingling, which can affect both at the same time. His passion for movies drives him and he does not want to ruin what he loves doing by having another thing to think about.

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Quentin Tarantino Is Committed to Movies and Wants to Leave a Lasting Legacy

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is considered one of the greats of the current generation of filmmakers. His films are awaited by cinephiles and fans who are excited to witness the magic of his creation, which is original yet wacky, maintaining his signature style. Thus, he does not want to disappoint audiences and deliver them a subpar product and not what is expected out of him.

He is a great inspiration for aspiring filmmakers who want to enter and try their hand at creating original art. Tarantino started as an independent filmmaker and later became a prestige director whom big studios are running after for him to make films under them. This is such a huge classic success story that every filmmaker and young aspirant should aim for.

Also read: “I can learn how to speak French”: Samuel L. Jackson Was Desperate to Get a Part in Quentin Tarantino’s $321M Brad Pitt Movie After Director Broke His Heart 

The Illustrious Filmography of Quentin Tarantino

A still from Django Unchained
A still from Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino has had a fantastic career as a writer-director and his films have been celebrated by audiences and recognized at various prestigious award events. His incredible works include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill 1 and 2 (2003-2004), Inglorious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012), The Hateful Eight (2015) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).

He recently announced his next, and probably his last feature film called The Movie Critic. It is set to begin filming in the fall of 2023.

Also read: “No, that’s exactly what it was gonna be!”: After James Bond, Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ Style Star Trek Movie Fell Apart Because of Director’s Uncompromising Idea

Source: GQ Magazine

Written by Rahul Thokchom

I'm Rahul from MANIPUR. A total ambivert constantly discovering the world. I love watching movies and talking with like-minded people about the pleasures and frustrations cinema provides!