Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson have been friends for a long time. Tarantino put him in Pulp Fiction, and the casting felt so perfect and natural. Since then, Jackson has starred in six out of Tarantino’s nine films. That's a helluva collaboration.
But as Tarantino's career winds down into a self-imposed retirement, everyone is speculating on what his final film will be. Even his longtime collaborator.
"I think it's kind of easy, for the simple fact that most directors have horrible last movies," Tarantino said on the podcast. "Usually their worst movies are their last movies. That’s the case for most of the Golden Age directors that ended up making their last movies in the late 60s and the 70s, then that ended up being the case for most of the New Hollywood directors who made their last movies in the late 80s and the 90s."
Tarantino wants to retire before he gets stale. And that's admirable. But it has left his fans and colleagues wondering.
Jackson told the Los Angeles Times that he has no idea whether Tarantino will cast him in his final film.
“I don’t know. He’ll tell me or he won’t tell me,” Jackson said. “I didn’t hear from him at all when he did the Hollywood movie [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood]. Usually, he’ll call me and say he’s doing something and ask how I feel about it.”
Jackson elaborated on their collaboration, saying it's not just about work, it's about the opportunity.
“Everything I’ve done for Quentin has a moment that’s given me an opportunity, from Jackie Brown to The Hateful Eight to Django [Unchained].”
Jackson went on to say Django Unchained was his best shot at an Academy Award to date.
I, for one, hope Jackson is in the movie, even if the role is small. I have always felt Tarantino pulls the best of himself out when he has collaborators he trusts on the screen. I don't want the day he's no longer making movies to come soon, but I am hoping the spectacle will be epic.
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