|By Roald Rynning|
Pulp Fiction was a huge critical and commercial hit that cost a
mere $12 million and grossed $250 worldwide. It also established Miramax
as a mini-studio, jump-started John Travolta's ailing career and made
director Quentin Tarantino a star.
Aside from directing one er episode and a segment of the abysmal Four Rooms, the director didn't go behind a camera for almost three years. Tarantino created an enormous journalistic backlash when he decided to act in 1996's vampire comedy thriller From Dusk Till Dawn (from his own script), script-doctored Crimson Tide and just hung out with actress girlfriend Mira Sorvino.
"They wanted another Pulp Fiction every year, but why would that be interesting?" asks the 34-year-old director. "I'm never going to be the director that makes a movie a year. I don't see how directors do that and live a life." The backlash didn't rile him at all: "I was made fun of and learned pretty early on to stop reading what people wrote about me. People called me a master of self-promotion, but I didn't do anything different than an actor does. I didn't do any more interviews than an actor does. [And] I don't even believe press coverage sells tickets. It just make you famous. I could take 30% of my fame away, and I'd be just fine. It's not that I don't want to be famous but 30% less would be great. I used to walk around and be in my own head, and I can't do that now."
Finally Tarantino is also back behind the camera with Jackie Brown. It is a conventional crime drama - one that might disappoint fans expecting another Pulp Fiction ride. No matter - it's still a great film.
"It's a love story with older people and older sensibilities," he says of Jackie Brown. "It's a quiet film, more of a character study than a Pulp Fiction pop opera. Of course, it is my idea of a quiet film, which may not be everyone else's."
|Read the full interview with Quentin Tarantino in the April issue of Film Review|
|"I could take 30% of my fame away, and I'd be just fine"|