They [American Indians] never did straight-up fights. It wasn’t about, you know, getting killed in the line of fire. It was all ambush, ambush, ambush, and you ambush somebody, and then you take the scalps, and you – even though scalping wasn’t created by the American Indians. It was created by the white man against Indians, and they just took it and claimed it.
When I was on The View, Barbara Walters was asking me about the blood and stuff, and I said, ‘Well, you know, that’s a staple of Japanese cinema.’ And then she came back, ‘But this is America.’ And I go, ‘I don’t make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth.’
I’m not writing novels, the screenplays are my novels, so I’m gonna write it the best that I can. If the movie never gets made, it’d almost be okay because I did it. It’s there on the page.
I liked the Hollywood stuff. But I also liked the fact that in both, you know, I guess in the, like, the auteur, the art film auteur at that time was Lina Wertmuller. So, you go see “Swept Away” or you go see a movie she did “Blood Feud” with Sophia Loren and Giancarlo Giannini. And I remember “Wifemistress” was a big movie at that time, really liked it, Laura Antonelli.
I shot the way I wanted to shoot [in The Hateful Eight]. The only real disadvantage I felt at the time, but I don’t feel now, was that we weren’t able to get a zoom lens, and I had really gotten used to using a zoom lens for that little zoom creep. But it was also a nice thing to be forced to not use all the tools that you’ve gotten used to, from time to time, and to be able to work in a different way.
Unfortunately, every time I have somebody play an instrument, it’s always like, they don’t know how to do it.
I see characters lying all the time in a lot of Hollywood movies. They can’t do this because it would affect the movie this way or that or this demographic might not like it. To me a character can’t do anything good or bad, they can only do something that’s true or not.
If you’re trying to drop ten pages from a screenplay, it hurts like hell, but if you just put it away for a month and then take it out, you can do it just like that!
Novelists have always had complete freedom to pretty much tell their story any way they saw fit. And that’s what I’m trying to do.
I’ve always equated the writing process with editing, sort of like when I get through editing the movie, that’s like my last draft of the screenplay.