Quentin Tarantino reveals how Roman Polanski reacted to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The French-Polish director, who is Sharon Tate's widower, appears as a character in the new film

Jacob Stolworthy
Saturday 20 July 2019 15:55
Comments
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer

Quentin Tarantino has revealed how Roman Polanski reacted to discovering he would be a character in his new film.

The director’s next feature, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, who was married to Polanski and pregnant with his child at the time of her murder in August 1969.

Tarantino’s now discussed what happened when the French-Polish filmmaker cottoned on to the fact he was to address the tragedy in the film.

According to Tarantino, Polanski contacted him through a friend to ask about the project.

“That friend called me and said, ‘So, what’s up with this?’“ Tarantino told Deadline. ”He said that Roman wasn’t mad. He didn’t call up irate or anything. He was just curious.“

He added: “So what I did was…Roman’s obviously stuck in Europe. I had the friend come over and read the script. He came to my house. He read the script simply so he could call Roman up and tell him the idea and what’s in it. And basically that he didn’t have anything to worry about.”

Tarantino also explained why he didn’t feel the need to contact Polanski about writing him into his film.

Polanski lives in Europe due to fleeing in America after pleading guilty to statutory rape in 1977.

“I felt that the story of [Sharon’s] death, and the Manson tragedy had moved into legit history, so it actually is of historical importance beyond just his own personal tragedy,” the director said. “So I felt I was on OK grounds there. I didn’t want to call him and talk to him while I was writing it because I’m not going to ask him permission. I’m going to do it, all right? I don’t think he needed any anxiety and I didn’t need any anxiety as far as that was concerned.”

Once upon a Time in Hollywood is released in the UK on 14 August.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in