Quentin Tarantino’s take on Helter Skelter, aka Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, was the buzziest movie at Cannes and continues to be, especially since preview-goers realized that the Manson Family’s most famous victim, Sharon Tate played by Margot Robbie, is barely in it and says even less. Tarantino rejects that hypothesis but did pay Margot’s presence some lip service as being an angel ghost or some bullshit. That does make sense. Because she’s supposedly next to invisible in the movie just like an angel or a ghost.
Indiewire reports that Quentin feels that Margot is the “angelic presence” of the movie and therefore didn’t need many lines.
“There was a little bit more of her; everybody lost sequences. It’s not her story, it’s Rick’s story. It’s not even Cliff’s. And she is an angelic presence throughout the movie, she’s an angelic ghost on earth, to some degree, she’s not in the movie, she’s in our hearts.”
“Why aren’t I in the movie more,” Margot must have asked? To which Quentin must have replied “Because you’re in my heart instead. So you don’t need to be on the screen. By the way, do you have an open-toe version of those shoes? Just wondering.”
So Margot did have more scenes but they were cut. Tarantino says that everybody (even her co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt) had more but you can’t release a four-hour long movie even if you’re Quentin Tarantino. Or can you? The Cannes version’s length is two hours and 39 minutes.
Now that he’s seen the $90-million movie play with an audience (aside from some research previews), Tarantino is going to look at it again. “I wouldn’t take anything else out,” he said. “I’m going to explore possibly putting something back in. If anything, I wanted to go to Cannes too short. if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on too tight.”
Too tight like a gal’s shoes that must come off so Quentin can gently massage her feet and shudder like he’s got an internal earthquake going on in his pants!