Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is still in cinemas and still generating talk. Some of it is the real variation in reaction towards the film itself, other talk is over the minor controversies it has generated be it the use of Bruce Lee to its treatment of women.
There’s also ongoing chatter about what the director is intending to do for his supposed final film – be it a “Star Trek” film, a sequel to one of his existing works, or something more original. Speaking with The Independent, he suggests his last effort could well be a horror movie. In fact the Spahn ranch scene in ‘Once’ serves as a taster of what could be:
“If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth movie. I love horror movies. I would love to do a horror film. I do actually think that the Spahn Ranch sequence is the closest to a horror sequence. I do think it’s vaguely terrifying. And I didn’t quite realize how good we did it, frankly, until my editor told me. I made some reference about the killers walking up a hill… He goes, ‘the Spahn Ranch sequence is a horror film… it’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with a budget. It’s like Brad Pitt is walking into The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s f–king terrifying.’ I go, ‘Wow, I’m glad! Really?!’ Because I hadn’t seen anything. And when I look at it, I think, ‘Yeah, this is sorta like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ which is about as good a compliment as you can make.”
Going back to the controversy over the Bruce Lee scene, the film’s stunt coordinator Robert Alonzo spoke with The Huffington Post and confirms that the original planned ending for it would’ve had Lee losing the third round of the fight. Because of this, numerous people – especially Brad Pitt – vocally expressed concerns about that outcome. Ultimately it was changed and ended in a stalemate.
Actor Mike Moh, who played Bruce Lee in the film, says he took pause when he first read it but ultimately thinks the helmer portrays Lee in an accurate way. He tells Birth.Movies.Death:
“I’m not going to tell you what the original script had exactly, but when I read it, I was so conflicted because he’s my hero – Bruce in my mind was literally a God… And the thing about it is, Number One, it’s a Tarantino film. He’s not going to do the thing that everybody expects anybody else to do. You’ve got to expect the unexpected. And Number Two, I knew from the jump, Tarantino loves Bruce Lee; he reveres him.
So let me be clear; in the film it was a challenge – ‘best two out of three.’ I got the first point – I knocked him on his ass first. And Bruce at that time was so cocky and maybe got a little excited and he didn’t know Cliff Booth has killed dozens of people with his bare hands – and that’s what people may not realize up until that moment in the film. It’s a hugely important scene – what better way to show how dangerous Cliff is than for him to show up and even match him for a little bit with Bruce? And the only reason why I got thrown into that car is because I was so cocky, like, oh I’m going to do this again.
I can see how people might think Bruce got beat because of the impact with the car, but you give me five more seconds and Bruce would have won. So I know people are going to be up in arms about it, but when I went into my deep dive of studying Bruce, he more than anybody wanted people to know he’s human. And I think I respect him more knowing that he had these challenges, these obstacles, just like everybody.”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is still in cinemas everywhere.