Quentin Tarantino: Directing Brad Pitt is like watching a movie

For Tarantino, trying to sum up the Oscar winner for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is “like describing starlight.”

Even Quentin Tarantino is pampered by Brad Pitt.

The author of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has collaborated with Oscar winner Pitt twice, and Tarantino likened directing the actor to watching a finished film on set as it unfolded in real time.

“I noticed it when we were doing ‘Inglourious Basterds’,” Tarantino told GQ. “When Brad was in the frame, I didn’t feel like I was looking through the camera’s viewfinder. I felt like I was watching a movie. Just his presence in the four walls of the frame gave that impression.”

Tarantino explained, “He’s one of the last remaining movie stars on the big screen,” comparing Pitt to Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Steve McQueen. “He suggests an older style movie star. It’s just a different kind of people. And honestly, I don’t think you can describe exactly what that is, because it’s like describing starlight,” he added.

And Tarantino kept gushing over Pitt: “He looks really good. He is also very masculine and he is also very hip; he gets the joke,” said the director of “Pulp Fiction.” “But what only the directors who work with Brad and the actors who perform opposite him really know, what he is so incredibly talented at, is his ability to really understand the scene. He may not be able to put it into words, but he has an instinctive understanding of it.”

So, will Pitt be cast in Tarantino’s 10th and final film?

The director announced in 2020 that he wanted to retire as a director and end his writing career with 10 feature films. The “Reservoir Dogs” writer teased a “mic drop” movie, with ideas ranging from “Kill Bill 3” to a spaghetti western and even a horror movie. The director recently turned to novel writing, with the novel “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” released last year.

Meanwhile, Pitt may even be ready to hang up his Hollywood hat in the near future. As he told author Otessa Moshfegh in the GQ profile, “I consider myself on my last leg…this last semester or trimester. What’s this section going to be? And how do I want to shape that?”

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