Tarantino On Lone Ranger, Batfleck, Tusk

When Quentin Tarantino revealed his ‘Top 10 Films of 2013… So Far’ list last week, one surprising inclusion was Disney’s big-budget and critical flop “The Lone Ranger”.

Now, speaking with Les Inrockuptibles (via The Playlist), Tarantino explained his decision – saying what he liked about the film, what he didn’t, and one element that left a foul taste in his mouth:

“The first forty-five minutes are excellent… the next forty-five minutes are a little soporific. It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares. Then comes the train scene – incredible! When I saw it, I kept thinking, ‘What, that’s the film that everybody says is crap? Seriously?'”

That being said, I still have a little problem with the film. I like Tonto’s backstory the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that’s a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth.

The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style… That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it… ugly. Making fun of this, when America really did it, it bothered me… That doesn’t stop it from being a good film but they could have done without that.”

Tarantino also weighed in on the Affleck as Batman casting talk:

“I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion. Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor. There is simply not much to play.

I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck. But, you know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the ’80s.”

Speaking of Tarantino, filmmaker Kevin Smith revealed in a recent column that offered Tarantino a role in his new horror film “Tusk” which also stars Michael Parks and Justin Long. A role that Tarantino turned down.

Had he accepted, Tarantino would’ve played a “relentless French Canadian cop on the trail of a monster-maker”. Why did he turn it down? Smith says:

“QT said he dug the script and couldn’t wait to watch Parks (pictured, right) let loose his internal Kraken, but he had no interest in acting at the moment. It was a bummer, as having Q in the mix would’ve been poetic.”