Kurt Russell talks about lost opportunities and the pulp-comic book senibility in Quentin Tarantinoa��s movies
As ACTOR Kurt Russella��s stance on gun control is making news, so is his gun-toting characters on screen. Starring in back-to-back Westerns, we can catch him inA�The Hateful Eight this month (Bone TomahawkA�is yet to hit our screens). His second film with Quentin Tarantino, afterA�Death ProofA�(2007), the 64-year-olda��s character is that of a disgruntled bounty huntera��for which he brings back the a�?John Waynea�� drawl.A�The actor talks about the violence in Tarantinoa��s films and how he could have played Han Solo in Star Wars.
The Hateful Eight went up against Star Wars. Is it true that you auditioned for Han Solo?
Both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. That was back in the day when all the usual suspects in their 20s would roll in there. It was early 1976 because, at the same time, there was a television Western called The Quest that they were offering me. I really loved the part. It came down to these two, and I remember asking George [Lucas], a�?Do you think youa��re going to use me or not?a�? And he said, a�?I dona��t know which part I prefer you ina��Solo or as Skywalker. I dona��t know.a�? So I said, a�?All right, I am going to take this Western and therea��ll be one less guy to think about.a�? I dona��t know if hea��d have hired me.
Now to The Hateful Eight. It must be a relief that ita��s finally coming out.
There was a read-through and, a long rehearsal perioda��youa��re in a pretty interesting condition when youa��re shooting at 10,000 ft in Colorado. Then you come home to LA and they freeze the set. You just have to let it go. At some point, it has to be released.
As far as Westerns go, is this in the same genre as Tombstone?
In France, a journalist referred to The Hateful Eight as a Western-horror film and I thought that was interesting, because I did not get that. People are always talking about the violence in Quentina��s movies, but therea��s a strong comic book sense to it. Ita��s very stylised. I have always found Quentina��s movies to have a pulp-comic book sense to them.
You do seem to have a knack for delivering Quentina��s dialogue.
I do like his dialogue. Maybe our sense of humour is similar. Stuntman Mike (Death Proof) is a memorable guya��and a big coward. Ia��d never got the chance to play a coward before. And John a�?The Hangmana�� Ruth (The Hateful Eight) believes therea��s a place where, no matter how bad you are, youa��ll get your day in court.
The Hateful Eight release on January 15.
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