Tarantino's Secret - How He Creates Those Amazing Characters!

By Arun Fulara. Posted on July 01, 2015

Now, if there is one thing Mr. Tarantino is known for, it is the unique characters he creates & their idiosyncratic dialogues. He's created such an amazing cast of characters over the last 25 years, that one doesn't know where or who to start with. It would be fair to say that no other filmmaker has created as many memorable movie characters as Tarantino has. Be it Hans Landa, Jules or Mia Wallace he sure has produced some of the most mesmerizing characters ever.

And he's not done yet. :-)

In this (rather short) interview, he explains how he does it. The Talks is an amazing site for film buffs who are keen on getting insights into the minds of their beloved film stars and filmmakers.

What is your recipe for writing such vivid characters?

This is not in any way a facetious answer to this, but: I am a writer. That’s what I do. It’s a writer’s job not just to write about himself but to look at the rest of humanity and explore it – other people’s way of talking, the phrases they use. And my head is a sponge. I listen to what everyone says, I watch little idiosyncratic behavior, people tell me a joke and I remember it. People tell me an interesting story in their life and I remember it.

And if you don’t remember it?

Then it was probably not worth remembering. The thing is, it’s in there – whether it’s six months or fifteen years later, when I go and write my new characters, my pen is like an antenna, it gets that information, and all of a sudden these characters come out more or less fully-formed. I don’t write their dialogue, I get them talking to each other.

You can read the full interview here. And here's an amazing mash-up of the some of the most exciting characters from across his films.


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