‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Says He Did Not Consult With Roman Polanski

IndieWire | 7/26/2019 | Staff
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After debuting his star-studded “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” during a glittering Tuesday night premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino saddled up for the next stop on the film festival circuit: a packed press conference on Wednesday morning. Joined by stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, press jostled to ask questions, including one that has been nagging at fans and journalists alike since the reveal that Tarantino’s latest film would include Robbie starring as Sharon Tate in the days leading up to her 1969 murder at the hands of Charles Manson’s cult.

Did Tarantino consult with fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski on the scenes involving Tate, Polanski’s second wife who was pregnant with their child at the time of her murder? Tarantino, for once, was succinct: “No, I didn’t.”

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Asked about his wider relationship with Polanski, who has been living in Europe since fleeing America after pleading guilty to statutory rape in 1977, Tarantino was a touch more effusive.

The director said, “I’ve met him a couple of times. I don’t really talk about him as the greatest director but as the hottest, at that time. It’s almost unfathomable to think of how much ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ made in its day. It was common for a film to make $8 million. It made like $35 million.”

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He added, “I’m a fan of Roman Polanski’s work, but particularly ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’ I like it a lot.”

In the film’s official press notes, Tarantino also shies away from casting the film as being particularly Polanski-centric in any way, instead focusing on the inherent tension between the various characters and social strata that populate the film. “In...
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