It’s always the bloggers fault. So, you know all that talk about Quentin Tarantino having to cut his WWII epic Inglorious Basterds because Harvery Weinstein told him to? Apparently, it was all bullshit. Either that or Weinstein is now just spewing bullshit in his recent interview with GQ in order to promote his upcoming film. Either way, as of now (could change tomorrow) Weinstein is a huge supporter of the film, thinks there should be even more of it, and would love to see a sequel to the film.
So did he ask Tarantino to cut the film?
Those stories are all untrue. There’s no fucking way. Here, read my lips: That is nuts. Please don’t even write that, it’s insanity. There’s not even a question of that. Whatever you’re reading, it’s like some insane blogger… There’s no truth to any of this. He’s not gonna cut. What he’s doing is just reorganizing some scenes. I mean, the guy had six weeks to cut his movie [for Cannes]; most guys take six months. Most guys take a year.
When I worked with Martin [Scorsese], we’d do eighteen months in post-production. Quentin Tarantino cuts a movie in six weeks? Come on, there’s shit on that cutting-room floor that’ll blow your brains out. I was telling Quentin the opposite—’You should put that shit back in the movie.’ There’s scenes with Brad Pitt and the Basterds, and I’m praying he puts that shit back in, ‘cause it’s un-fucking-believably great. Listen—this movie will be between two hours and twenty minutes and two hours and twenty-seven minutes. I don’t think it’s going to be shorter—it’s just a question of rearranging. I know he’s putting footage back into the movie. I know he’s got some cool shit that he didn’t get time to address.
As for some of the not so great reviews, here is what he had to say:
You know what? I felt like the fifteen-minute standing ovation was a review. [laughs] Look, people expect a lot from Quentin, and I think there were some great reviews, and some mixed reviews. I think he’s making some adjustments to the movie as we speak, but I think they’re all pretty minor. But the movie’s great, it plays with audiences, and when I saw it back home in Los Angeles, it wasn’t even a movie. It was like going to see the Stones. It was like Aerosmith and the Stones and AC/DC combined. People were cheering, it was like, fucking, I thought they were gonna light candles any second. It was like a 1980s experience.
And as for the possibility of a prequel…
Yeah, they were pieces that ended up in the film and then I’ve also read the stuff that’s part of the prequel.
What’s the prequel?
I’m not tellin’ you! [But] Brad wants to do Inglorious II. We all want to do it. And the movie hasn’t even come out yet! But unfortunately I cannot give away the plot. [pause] Unless you turned into Jacqueline Bisset when she was 27 years old. Under those circumstances, I would give it away.
So there you have it for now! Seems like he likes the film. Are you buying it?