Quentin Tarantino is something of a moviemaking genius. The guy got into the business simply because he loved movies and wanted to make his own - his way. He's certainly done that over the years. Since directing his first film, Reservoir Dogs, in 1992, he's consistently released one hit after another. The man knows movies, and he's proven himself time and time again.
Whether you're a fan of just one of his flicks or all of them, odds are you know a lot about Tarantino's movies. Most of his fans have rewatched their favorites time and time again, but everybody misses something. There's a good chance there are details found in Tarantino movies you may have missed. This list features some of the more fascinating aspects of Tarantino movies from Reservoir Dogs to Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. Don't forget to vote up the most interesting facts in the bunch.
Leonardo DiCaprio Was Injured While Filming 'Django Unchained'
While filming the tense dinner table scene in Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candie was supposed to repeatedly slam his hand onto the table. In the final cut, he only hit the table once, breaking a crystal glass in the process, which cut his hand. The cut on his hand was real, and the breaking of the glass was entirely accidental.
If you watch the scene closely but focus on the man to Candie's right (the left side of the screen), he's taken aback momentarily when he sees the extent of his co-star's injury. DiCaprio, being the professional he is, continued the scene in character, and that's the cut that made it into the film. He even picked some of the glass out of his hand, but otherwise, he didn't really acknowledge the injury.
Stacey Sher, the film's producer, described the incident, saying, "Leo had slammed his hand on the table countless times, and he moved his hand further, and he crushed a crystal cordial glass. Blood was dripping down his hand. He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches."Cool fact?
Leonardo DiCaprio Had Trouble Getting Through His Character's Choice Of Words In 'Django Unchained'
If you've seen a Tarantino movie, you know the man doesn't censor himself in any way. He writes every conceivable type of profanity into his scripts, and the actors dutifully deliver those lines. While most don't have a problem saying your standard set of cuss words (you know what they are), it's not easy to use words that have a more harmful historical connotation.
Leonardo DiCaprio had trouble with the N-word, which his character - a vile, entitled plantation owner - has to say a lot throughout the movie. Behind the scenes, it wasn't quite as easy as it was for the fictional character, as DiCaprio had some hesitations about the dialogue. While filming one scene, he stopped himself and explained that he was having a difficult time using so many racial slurs. Samuel L. Jackson simply looked at his co-star and said, "Hey, motherf**ker, this is just another Tuesday for us. Let's go."
Jamie Foxx also chimed in at the time, explaining that others would "resent the hell out of you" if the scene didn't play out just right. Since a slave owner like Calvin Candie would have no problem saying hateful slurs, DiCaprio got back on track and finished his work on the movie.Cool fact?
Kurt Russell Smashed A Unique And Valuable Guitar In 'The Hateful Eight'
When Jennifer Jason Leigh's Daisy Domergue sings while playing the guitar in The Hateful Eight, the serene moment is shattered when Kurt Russell's John "The Hangman" Ruth pulls the guitar from her hands and smashes it to smithereens. The filming of the scene didn't go according to plan, and you can see Leigh's reaction, which is real and horrified because she knew just how valuable that guitar was.
She was playing an authentic 1870s six-string guitar on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum, which, needless to say, wasn't happy about what happened. The museum had given out instruments to films numerous times in the past, but after the guitar was destroyed (especially the manner in which it was destroyed), the museum closed that door permanently. Museum director Dick Boak issued a statement about the incident:
We were informed that it was an accident on set. We assumed that a scaffolding or something fell on it. We understand that things happen, but at the same time, we can’t take this lightly. All this about the guitar being smashed being written into the script and that somebody just didn’t tell the actor, this is all new information to us. We didn’t know anything about the script or Kurt Russell not being told that it was a priceless, irreplaceable artifact from the Martin Museum.Cool fact?
The Glove Guns In 'Inglourious Basterds' Are A Real Thing
When the Basterds make their way into the cinema and begin their onslaught on the Nazis on their big night, there's a moment in which two of them use guns fastened to the back of their gloves, which they set off by punching their targets. If this looks a bit too unreal in a movie that doesn't exactly follow history as it actually happened, you might be surprised to learn that those things were real and developed for use in WWII.
They were manufactured for the US Navy by the RF Sedgley company and are known as Sedgley Guns. The guns are single-shot .38 Smith & Wesson barrels mounted alongside a plunger. The plunger extends beyond the muzzle, and when the user makes a fist and punches someone or something, the plunger is depressed, and the bullet is fired. Only about 50 to 200 were made, and while there is no record of their being used in combat, they were likely used by covert operatives in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).Cool fact?