Actress Rebecca Gayheart had only a small scene in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but of all the cameos in the film she had one of the singularly most important – that of the late wife of Brad Pitt’s stuntman/best friend character Cliff Booth.
Pitt’s character goes through the film with a lingering question over his head that many other characters ponder and judge him for – did he kill his wife? In a brief flashback we see Pitt and Gayheart’s characters alone on a boat at sea getting into a domestic squabble with Pitt’s character casually holding a harpoon gun on his lap.
The insinuation is there, but it’s never confirmed in the film either way whether her death was an accident or deliberate with Booth himself responsible. Speaking with EW this week, Gayheart say she knows the truth but won’t say:
“Obviously we have an answer to that, but I don’t want to spoil it. I think the beauty of that question is that it’s a question that lingers and it colors how you feel about Cliff and the whole movie because is he the good guy that you think he is or isn’t he? And that was intentional.”
She adds that there is likely a chance that the true answer about what happened will be revealed eventually and indicates plenty of footage involving Booth and his wife was shoot and could end up in a longer cut:
“There were lots of other scenes that were shot that didn’t make it in the movie. I don’t know if something will be a part of a director’s cut. I tend to believe that the question will be answered at some point.”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is still playing in select cinemas.