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The 10 Biggest Takeaways From Joe Rogan’s Interview With Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is Joe Rogan’s favorite filmmaker, so it was only a matter of time until the most successful podcaster in the world was able to wrangle the iconic filmmaker onto his show.

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Just as any avid fanatic of Tarantino would, Rogan dug deeper with every question, trying to get any minor detail out of the filmmaker that would seem trivial to the general listener but is gold to any Tarantino fan. Rogan probed so much that the epic three-hour podcast was as exciting as any of Tarantino’s movies. Between his behind-the-scenes stories about his older movies and his plans for the future, there’s so much to rinse out of this episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.

10 There’s More To The Pulp Fiction Cast Wish List That Went Viral

Earlier in the year, Tarantino’s wish list of actors he wanted to star in Pulp Fiction had leaked, and for the most part he cast exactly who he originally wanted. But according to the man himself, he didn’t just write that on a whim, but the studio requested that he make a wish list, which would count towards whether or not the studio wanted to greenlight the movie.

The studio signed off on every actor on the list, except for one, John Travolta. Tarantino fought the studio to cast Travolta, and unsurprisingly, the outspoken filmmaker got his way, and Tarantino brought Travolta back from obscurity with his role in the film.

9 Quentin Tarantino Is Starting A Podcast

It seems like whenever Tarantino isn’t making movies, he’s talking about movies, as the director lives and breathes cinema more than any other.

Roger Avery, the man who co-wrote Pulp Fiction and worked with Quentin Tarantino at Video Archives, a movie rental store, are starting a podcast together. The podcast will be called The Video Archives Podcast, and each episode will be based around one movie from a particular era.

8 Harvey Weinstein Wanted To Remove The Torture Scene In Reservoir Dogs

After talking about how he was able to sell Reservoir Dogs and discussing its production, Tarantino brought up the most memorable scene of the movie. Midway through the film, Mr. Blonde tortures a cop and cuts off his ear.

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It left audiences in a state of shock, and it was one of the ways the movie established Tarantino’s writing and filmmaking style. But at the time, Harvey Weinstein thought that they should cut the scene. Weinstein argued that the movie wouldn’t appeal to women if the scene was left in there, but Tarantino held his ground and refused to cut it out.

7 Reservoir Dogs Was Almost Going To Be Super Low Budget

If Reservoir Dogs was made the way Tarantino originally planned, there might not have even been a torture scene. As he was struggling to get funding for the movie, he was considering producing it himself with a micro-budget of $30,000.

Luckily, in the end the filmmaker found people willing to invest in it, and he made it with a budget of $1.2 million. It's still small in Hollywood terms, but must have felt like billions in comparison to the expectation.

6 A Director’s Cut Of Hollywood Would Be About 200 Minutes

Back on April 1st of this year, Margot Robbie teased a 20-hour cut of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, but that was obviously an April Fools joke. However, that didn’t stop Joe Rogan from asking if there actually was a 20-hour cut of the movie.

Tarantino was quick to shoot it down, but he did say that if he was to make a cut of the movie where runtime was no issue, it would come to around three hours and 20 minutes, 40 minutes longer than the original cut of the movie.

5 He Wants To Do A Quentin Tarantino Car Tour

Tarantino’s movies are so incredibly detailed, not just when it comes to the dialogue or the costume design, but every vehicle that each character drives is so specific to them. Midway through the podcast, the director mentioned that he’d love to create a car tour that would feature all the iconic vehicles from his movies.

This came after Tarantino told Rogan that he owns most of the vehicles from his films, and he specifically referred to the wagon with a giant tooth on top that was owned by the dentist-turned-bounty hunter Dr. Schultz in Django Unchained. And Rogan was so receptive to the idea that he encouraged it, saying that viewers who could fund it should reach out to Tarantino’s team.

4 Tarantino Was Almost Going To Be A Comedian

It comes as no surprise whatsoever that Tarantino considers himself to be a funny man, as his movies are littered with irreverent humor, and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a straight-up comedy in some ways. At one point, way before he was an established filmmaker and during the times when he was working in a video rental store, Tarantino was considering going into comedy.

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Apparently, the reason why he was deterred from the profession was because he was great at impressions, but he didn’t want to be looked at as the impressions guy. To Tarantino’s credit, he is a great impressionist, as he did a brilliant impression of Dice Clay during the podcast.

3 He Still Plans On Retiring After 10 Movies

Tetiring after 10 movies has always been Tarantino’s plan, even if he is essentially cheating, as he’s currently 10 movies in, but he considers Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 as one movie. In the podcast, Tarantino vehemently stood by this remark, even though super-fan Joe Rogan tried to convince him against it.

However, it might not be for a while, as he didn’t express what he was planning for his tenth and final movie and didn’t give any kind of time frame for when fans should expect it. But that doesn’t stop people from theorizing about it, and fans even have a wish list of actors who should return for his final movie.

2 He Considered Rebooting Reservoir Dogs

Tarantino stated that he considered remaking Reservoir Dogs as his follow-up to Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and the reason why is because he wants to see how much he has developed as a filmmaker.

Fortunately he decided against the idea, because it would mean that if he remade Reservoir Dogs, fans of the filmmaker wouldn’t get an original movie from him ever again. However, given that Reservoir Dogs is Tarantino’s movie with the shortest runtime, viewers would surely get a much longer movie, and though not original, it’d be so fascinating to see.

1 He Has Another Novel To Write Under His Deal With HarperCollins

As Tarantino has been doing the press junkets to promote his novel, he explained that he had a contract with publisher HarperCollins to write one more book. Just like his tenth movie, whatever the next novel might be is a complete mystery, but it seems likely to be another novelization of one of his older movies, just like Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

And Tarantino clearly has a lot more he wants to do with the characters of Reservoir Dogs, As he mentioned that a novelization of his directorial debut might be the Hollywood follow-up. But a book version of any of his movies would suffice, as there are many characters he could explore in future novels.

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