Quentin Tarantino Tells You About The Actors & Directors Who Provided the Inspiration for “Reservoir Dogs”

Quentin Tarantino has never been one to shy away from sharing his views on filmmaking with the public, and we’ve previously written about his 2008 and 2012 lists of the greatest movies ever made. Even a casual comparison of his 2008 and 2012 picks, however, shows that the onetime video store clerk’s tastes are liable to change over time. When making his directorial debut with Reservoir Dogs (1992), Tarantino made another list; on the second page of the script, under a heading marked “Dedicated to:” Tarantino enumerated the actors and directors who had inspired him to make what Empire Magazine would rank the greatest independent film of all time.

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In the video above, which was shot some years after Reservoir Dogs’ release, Tarantino revisits this list and gives his latest thoughts on its constituents. Some are scarcely-remembered figures, such as the king of ‘60s and ’70s misfit roles Timothy Carey whom Tarantino wryly remembers treating flatulence “almost like a religion.” Others include then obscure actors on their way to becoming internationally-recognized names, such as Chow Yun Fat. Although Tarantino initially saw something effortlessly cool about Fat, reminiscent of trenchcoat-wearing French star Alain Delon, he claims to have since downgraded his opinion of the Hong Kong actor. And don’t even get him started on Jean-Luc Godard. For the full list accompanied by Tarantino’s colorful commentary, check out the video.

Ilia Blinderman is a Montreal-based culture and science writer. Follow him at @iliablinderman.

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