By Yash Thakur. Posted on December 09, 2015
With Christmas inching closer each day, we can hardly wait for the two awesome westerns that have kept us salivating for over an year. No, we aren't talking about Bajirao Mastaani and Dilwale; the films are The Revenant and The Hateful Eight. Both films, directed by Alejandro Inarritu and Quentin Tarantino respectively, are set in the outbacks of America in the harsh winters. While each is unique in its own way, Tarantino is leading the buzz with his ensemble drama being shot on Ultra Panavision 70 MM. What's more, the music for The Hateful Eight is by none other than Spaghetti Western icon Ennio Morricone!
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Demian Bichir, The Hateful Eight sees a local hangman/bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) escorting Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to be hung for murder, but their journey is about to get disrupted by a blizzard, leaving them stranded at Minnie's Haberdashery with six other travelers. Soon it becomes apparent that they are not the only misfits in the group and each is not who they seem to be.
In this video below, (shot probably right after the Academy screening of the film) one can see Quentin Tarantino (writer/director) along with Fred Raskin (editor), Richard Gladstein (producer), Courtney Hoffman (costume designer) and actors Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson indulge in a brief Q&A with the moderator.
Talking about the genesis of the film, Tarantino recalls how he watched 'a lot of Western TV shows' at one time, which involved a lot of guest characters around whom the whole episode was based. One wouldn't know whether this 'guest character' was the protagonist or the antagonist and he/she would have to watch the show until the very end to unveil the mystery. Thus, Tarantino decided to have 8 'guest characters' locked up inside a room with a monstrous blizzard raging outside and have a suspense-filled drama unfold.
The crew also talks about their experience on working with Tarantino on his 8th feature. Actor Kurt Russell talks about how he got a call from Tarantino about the film and how he came on board, while Samuel L. Jackson opens up on the chemistry and the intimacy required for an ensemble drama and the scope of the 70 MM lens. Finally, both Jackson and Tarantino reveal how they saw Jennifer Jason Leigh as a timid newcomer among the 'Tarantino veterans' and she surprised everyone on the first day of set with her unabashed and raw performance. Samuel L. Jackson even went on to call her 'feral'. Watch the full video below!