The race of Quentin Tarantino would not have existed without the mediation of Harvey Weinstein. Via Miramax Y The Weinstein Companythe controversial producer financed up to nine Tarantino films, starting with Reservoir Dogs and ending with the hateful eight. In October 2017 Tarantino broke ties with him, coinciding with the outbreak of MeToo that Weinstein would be discovered as a sex offender and after the relevant trials they would take him to jail in 2020, guilty of rape and subject to a 23-year prison sentence. Once upon a time in Hollywood is, therefore, the first film that Tarantino has made without Weinstein, and the same will happen again in the next one, which the director has conceived as the end of his career. But, naturally, the memory of Weinstein follows him everywhere. In the past, Tarantino has already regretted not having reacted to the producer’s abuse, of which echoes reached him that he preferred to ignore. The actress Mira Sorvino, her ex-partner, came to reveal to her that she herself had suffered part of these abuses, and from time to time the director expresses his regret for how he behaved then. It has happened again in the HBO Max program Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, where Tarantino has tried to explain how he initially addressed the signs that something was wrong. The filmmaker is embarking on a tour of cinema meditationshis first book of essays that arrives this 26 of January to the Spanish market. That’s why he makes headlines every day about cinephile hot takes, but in this case he has preferred to get serious.“I had never, at all, heard the stories that later came to light. She listened to the same thing that everyone else listened to. What I wish I had done is talked to Harvey about it and said, ‘Harvey, you can’t do this.’”explains Tarantino according to IndieWire. “Actually, I chalked it up to something Mad Men-era, with the boss chasing the secretary around the table. I’m not saying that’s okay. But that’s how I heard it… on that level. There was never any talk of rape or anything like that.” The feeling that Weinstein came to inspire in him then was pity; Tarantino was uncomfortable seeing this behavior, and shunned opportunities to speak with him.
“I thought what he was doing was pathetic, and I didn’t want to deal with his pathos. I didn’t think it was ‘okay you do this for me or you won’t make this movie’. I’ve never heard any actress say something like that. It was just, you know, ‘don’t get in the back of the limo with him.’ It was easy to deal with it up to a point.”assures. “I still feel bad about it. I feel bad that I didn’t have a man-to-man talk with him about it.”. Her reflections are reminiscent of those she shared years ago, when she admitted that “would like to have taken responsibility for what he heard” based on Sorvino’s testimony.“What I did was ignore the incidents”. So Tarantino already used more or less the description ‘mad men roll’. “Anything I say now is going to sound like a bullshit excuse… I was chalking it up to the 1950s-60s image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk. Like that’s okay.”Do you want to be up-to-date with all the new movies and series? Sign up for our newsletter.