Don’t Ask Quentin Tarantino About How Little Screen Time Margot Robbie Gets In “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which honestly should be a Cinderella reboot starring the Queen of Hollywood Angelyne, premiered at Cannes yesterday, where it got a 7-minute standing ovation. Although, it feels like at Cannes, audiences are either giving standing ovations or booing a bitch. The reviews for Quentin Tarantino’s take on the Manson murders are in, and the ones I’ve read are mostly positive, but do say that the gory and “provocative” ending will DIVIDE THE COUNTRY even more. Let me guess, Sharon Tate survives and brutally gets revenge. Kill Charlie!
No, that doesn’t happen, because it would mean that Margot Robbie, who plays Sharon Tate, gets plenty of screen time. But apparently, she doesn’t and barely has any lines compared to her co-stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. At a press conference for the movie, QT was asked why Margot Robbie doesn’t talk much in the movie. And QT didn’t talk much while giving his response.
The Guardian says that when it came to the subject of Sharon Tate, QT didn’t open his mouth much. He said “no” when asked if he had any doubts about doing a movie about real-life tragic figures, and wouldn’t address the issue of violence against women in his movie because he said it would spoil it for those who haven’t seen it. But he did say that he’s a fan of Roman Polanski’s work. And when another journalist praised Margot’s acting skills and asked why QT deliberately didn’t give her many lines, he didn’t seem to appreciate the question and let this out:
“Well, I just reject your hypothesis.”
Excuse me while I slip that snippy response into my back pocket to use in the future:
Cop: Sir, I clocked you going 60 in that 45mph zone back there.
Me: Well, I just reject your hypothesis…. Wait, why are you telling me to get out of the car and taking out your handcuffs?! That shit worked for QT!
Margot, however, said more words while answering the question, and here’s some of what she said:
“I think the moments I was on screen gave a moment to honor Sharon. I think the tragedy was the loss of innocence. To show the wonderful sides of her could be done without speaking. I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character without dialogue, which is an interesting thing. Rarely do I get an opportunity to spend so much time on my own as a character.”
And here’s how it all went down:
Before going into this post, I told myself, “Do not make a QT foot fucker comment… do not make a QT foot fucker comment,” but how can I when QT makes it so easy? When one critic called Margot the “heart and soul” of the movie, New York Times journalist Kyle Buchanan responded by saying she’s more like the legs and “soles” of the movie.
The heart and soul of the film? Well, the way QT shoots her, she’s the legs and feet of the film at least https://t.co/FwuUJO2BOp
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 21, 2019
So, I guess now we know why Margot’s role is smaller and there’s not much shots of her talking. Because every time she was in front of the camera, QT lowered the camera to her legs and feets, and the sound of her talking was drowned out by the sound of him drooling from everywhere before frantically yelling “CUT!” and running off to his trailer. The Director’s Cut is probably 6 hours of feet footage. They should call it Once Upon A Toe In Hollywood.
Here’s pictures from today’s OUATIH photo call where QT definitely had to dig deep to keep it together around the exposed toes of Margot Robbie, who it seems, hasn’t taken her costume off since filming ended.