This is like… the second letter I’ve written you. It’s not good when I write you letters, is it?
THEN LET’S STOP DOING SILLY THINGS, SHALL WE? Casting Eli Roth in Inglorious Bastards? Really?
Have you lost your ever-loving mind?
Don’t get me wrong. I know you and Eli are all buddy-buddy. You probably watch movies together and go bar-hopping and whatever it is that you do, but he is not an actor. Presumably, you’ve seen him act since he was in one of your own movies. Dear God, QT, just look at the man. I like Roth’s movies when he’s behind the camera, not in front of it. And I’m assuming the role you’re putting him in is not a pervy frat-boy role, is it?
No disrespect to Roth. I thought Cabin Fever was funny and a good horror film, and I liked both the Hostel films. I thought his trailer for Thanksgiving was delightfully campy. But every time I see him, I just have flashbacks to: “Yeah, he’s a Professor! A professor of being a dog!”
Bless his heart, I just don’t think Eli Roth was cut out to be an actor. No harm, no foul, except for him being in this movie.
You need to hire someone to tell you “no”, Quentin. You need to hire a “no person”, who will tell you when you’re out of your damn gourd and you sound like you’ve been inhaling paint fumes because your thinking is schizoid. Is it fun to go shoot a movie with your friend for a few months in Europe? Sure! Will that make your movie good!? IS YOUR FRIEND ELI ROTH? Just say NO.
Your no person, incidentally, should be equipped with one of those enormous and squishy inflatable plastic mallets – the kind with the squeaky toy inside – so that when you “leak information” – like “I want to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as a German SS dude” – said no person can administer a swing to your head like Mickey Mantle. It won’t hurt you, but it will keep your wits about you and you’ll even get the added bonus of sound effects.
It’s not hard, QT.
For God’s sake, just get on with it.
No love (at the moment),