“This might come across as egotistical, but I don’t really feel in competition with anybody anymore.”
That is a quote from Quentin Tarantino, one of the strangest and most brilliant directors of the modern era. He’s been known to be a bit of a prick in public life, but I honestly can’t blame the guy because most eccentric geniuses come off as dickheads to regular folks like you and I.
He went after the NYPD last year, calling them “murderers,” which unsurprisingly did not sit well with the rich and powerful of The Big Apple. He exaggerates things. It’s in his blood. That’s what he does. Tarantino is Hollywood to the bone.
So when I read that he told an audience at the Jerusalem Film Festival that he was only going to make two more movies, I took it with a grain of salt.
This is a classic Jay-Z move. Remember after The Black Album when Jay told everyone that he was done rapping and he was going to focus on other endeavors? That whole thing lasted a little more than a year, and then Jay-Z was back at it collaborating with Kanye West and making an entire soundtrack for American Gangster.
Tarantino is doing the same thing. He’s getting buzz around his name again by saying he’s only making two more movies because The Hateful Eight wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. I’ll be shocked if Q.T. isn’t making movies well into his 70s. The guy is a natural-born film maker — I refuse to believe he’s just going to hang up the cleats two movies from now..