Quentin Tarantino never pulls any punches. He also has a pretty impressive oeuvre.
Let’s count ‘em off. There was 1992′s Reservoir Dogs, 1994′s Pulp Fiction, 1997′s Jackie Brown, 2003 and 2004′s Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, 2007′s Death Proof, 2009′s Inglourious Basterds and this year’s Django Unchained.
He has also written True Romance and Natural Born Killers, and directed segments of Four Rooms and Sin City.
So he’s no Marty Scorsese, but that’s a fairly critic-proof body of work. Fans seem to like it too.
But during a roundtable alongside Ben Affleck, Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Gus Van Sant (Promised Land), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) with The Hollywood Reporter, the director was asked if he had to pick one, which film was his worst?
Turns out his answer is Death Proof. “Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever [made],” Tarantino said. “And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? — so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good.”
Death Proof starring Kurt Russell was released in 2007 as part of the Grindhouse double-bill with Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. Critics didn’t exactly hate it, but audiences didn’t flock to the threatre and it ended up being the director’s first flop.
Tarantino also said he doesn’t plan to keep directing indefinitely. “I don’t intend to be a director deep into my old age,” he revealed.
And part of the reason is the switch by the filmmaking community towards shooting digitally.
“I can’t stand all this digital stuff,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “This is not what I signed up for.”
So what will he do? Well, he might just end up directing a mini-series for HBO. “I’d rather just write one of my big scripts and do it as a miniseries for HBO, and then I don’t have the time pressure that I’m always under, and I get to actually use all the script,” he said.
“The one movie that I was actually able to use everything — where you actually have the entire breadth of what I spent a year writing — was the two Kill Bill movies ’cause it’s two movies. So if I’m gonna do another big epic thing again, it’ll probably be like a six-hour miniseries or something.”
Do you have a fave Tarantino film? Was Death Proof really his worst film? Should he direct Kill Bill Vol. 3 next? Let us know in the comments.
Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained, with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, will be released Dec. 25.
For more with Tarantino, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.